A Common Sandpiper was seen on the river this evening and three to four Noctules were seen flying over the Slurry Lagoon. In the dusk a Peregrine swooped into the Deep Pit, upsetting the Common Terns, and a Soprano Pipistrelle was identified beside the river. The moth traps attracted about eleven species, which included Emperor, Lime Hawk, Waved Umber, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Pebble Prominent and Mullein. PS.
We’ve updated the ‘Star Species’ section of the site today, including the addition of the Plant Life.
Went down the Lagoons today and had a single Black tailed Godwit, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (including one nearly fully grown juv) 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Yellow legged Gull, 3 House Martin, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler and a single Jay.DM.
I found this Woundwort Sheild Bug Eysarcoris fabricii and a few others on a patch of white dead nettle on the Willow Walk last Thursday 10th September. Simon.
Three Greenshank were seen at the lagoons today. Also seen were two Curlew, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and two Water Rail. RW.
Two Hobbies were present in the morning, as well as a Water Rail and up to three Cetti’s Warblers. PS.
Three Greenshank seen on the Slurry Lagoon late afternoon. RW.
A pintail was seen at the lagoons today along with 2 Water Rail, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and a Wheatear. PS.
Whilst looking for the Roesel’s Bush Cricket we stumbled across a population of 5 males and 1 female, including a copulating pair, of Long-winged Coneheads. We also found the Roesel’s Bush Cricket nearby.
The stridulation was much higher pitched from the Coneheads. Some members of our party could hear neither cricket, whilst some could only hear the Roesel’s, due to the frequency ranges involved. Younger people tend to hear them more easily than older people.
The Roesel’s was found in E2 whilst the Coneheads were found in E2 and D2 (at the top of the steps).
Image by Jack Dennison
Rob Woodward found a Roesel’s Bush Cricket in E2, near the top of the steps, today. This is a local species, with a generally southern distribution. Also seen was a Water Rail on the Slurry Lagoon.
A Common Sandpiper was investigating the Tern platforms this afternoon.