Thursday 7 July 2022

Carlton Marsh

The two Whooper Swans and an adult Common Tern were joined by 3 more Common Terns arriving from the north. Only one remained at mid-day. Little Egret and Kingfisher were also on the scrape with a Yellow-bellied Slider hauled out on one of the islands. 

This evening a Red Kite flew over Cherry Tree Close heading towards the reserve at 18.40hrs (Steve Grove)

A Southern Hawker was patrolling part of the embankment and 2 Brown Hawkers were competing with Emperor Dragonflies on the scrape. 2 Purple Hairstreak butterflies were typically flying around the top of an Oak tree, and without counting, the Western Meadow was really busy with Ringlets and Meadow Browns, not forgetting 1 Comma and an abundance of 'White' species.

Photographs supplied by Richard Laverack

Little Grebe
Whooper Swan

Emperor Dragonfly (Trevor Raynor)

Storrs Mill Bridge on the Dearne to Ardsley Viaduct
1 Essex Skipper, 9 Red Admiral, 57 Small Tortoiseshell, 35 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 13 Gatekeeper, 24 Large White (Chris Parkin)

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