Moochin’ round the edges…

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Way too much on at work this week to get with it birdwise in what is usually one of the best weeks of the year, but I managed a few lunchtime strolls round Sands Lake at Ainsdale where Common Sand was predictable, as where Yellow Bellied Slider on sunnier days and sulky looking Willow Warblers that scowled outta the branches when they weren’t singing their brains out.

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When the sun came out I had my first Blue Tailed Damselfly of the year, basking on a nettle leaf, and Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were singing away.

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Big Swift influx on Wednesday, while offshore from the tower Gannets, Great Crested Grebe, RB Mergs and still one or two Red Throated Divers from Ainsdale, but only 18 Common Scoter now.
Working down at the National Trust at Formby today, where Houndstongue is in flower and an Emperor Moth raced over the heather at Larkhill Lane.
Angle Shades at Dempsey Towers on Thursday night, but no Swifts back there yet…

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One thought on “Moochin’ round the edges…

  1. Despite variable weather so far this spring, all it takes is a few days of warm sunshine for butterfly numbers to rocket. The British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch results show that this is exactly what happened at the beginning of April, with new records reached for some species.
    The numbers and time of year that butterflies emerge from hibernation is dependent on the weather, and this spring was no exception. Unsettled weather throughout March meant that reports of butterflies were much lower than in previous years. However, when a spell of dry, warm weather happened at the beginning of April the butterflies took advantage of it and reports shot through the roof.
    Both Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were reported from about a quarter of BTO Garden BirdWatch gardens at the beginning of April 2014, but this year Small Tortoiseshell was seen in almost 40% of gardens, a record for April, and Brimstone was seen in a third of gardens – the highest proportion of gardens since recording started in 2003.
    However Peacock was the biggest surprise seen in over half of BTO Garden BirdWatch gardens compared to only a third in April 2014, and another record for butterfly reports in April. Sadly the good weather did not last, however, and reports of butterflies dropped off quickly.
    To find out more about taking part in BTO Garden BirdWatch, including a free enquiry pack and magazine, please get in touch by emailing gbw@bto.org, telephoning 01842 750050, write to GBW, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU or visit http://www.bto.org/gbw.

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