Monday 1 August 2022

Carlton Marsh

The best bits today were 2 Snipe, Little Egret and 9 LBB Gulls on the wader scrape. Elsewhere immature Cormorant, Kingfisher, 1f Teal, 6 Mistle Thrush and Treecreeper. Both broods of Sparrowhawk have fledged successfully and  a juv. Buzzard is on the wing.

Butterflies included 6 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 10 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Small Skipper and 8 Peacock.

2m Banded Demoiselle, 3 Common Darter, 1m Emperor, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker and at least 5 Brown Hawker dragonflies were enjoying the warm conditions.

3 Yellow-bellied Sliders were reported today. (K. Bannister/L & A Corrall/DM Smith/CG/D. Standish).

Photographs by Dave Smith

Adult & juv. Little Grebe
Whooper Swan
Juv. Tufted Ducks hanging out
Juv. Kingfisher

South Kirkby industrial Estate
20 species of butterfly included 1 Painted Lady, 7 Comma, 252 Gatekeeper, 7 Brown Argus, 41 Common Blue, 2 Holly Blue, 5 Small Copper, 4m Brimstone and 1 Latticed Heath moth (C. Parkin)

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