Thursday, 5 July 2018

Wintersett 05.07.18

16 - 23 degrees with 0/8 cloud and a light north easterly breeze.
Anglers CP: Oystercatcher 2.  Common Tern 2 on old, small raft.
Wintersett Res: 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers (new for year) and a Common Sandpiper were on the boathouse slipway.  A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling in the north east corner.  10 vs Mallard ducklings were off the south bank.
Lepidoptera: A White letter Hairstreak was on Wych Elm, on the roadside at the north east corner.
A Softshell Turtle, seen more than 4 years ago ( 21.05.2014), was found by Pete Smith this morning at Wintersett Res.  It was basking in the water off the fishing platform nearest to the boathouse bench.  "With their long snout and tubelike nostrils, these turtles can "snorkel" in shallow water" per Wikipedia
            Softshell Turtle        WRes   ASmith

Here's the original blog post from 21st May 2014
A 20cm grey/brown Soft-shelled  Turtle was basking in the shallow water off the north bank of WintersettRes this morning.  It was well camouflaged against the mud.  It was probably an unwanted pet and could have been here since the Ninja Turtle craze in the 1990s.

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