Sunday, 21 June 2020

A couple of hours at Pitsford...


A wet start to this morning followed by a breezy, sunny day was as forecast. 

This year at least one pair of Cattle Egret have bred successfully again at Kinewell Lake, Ringstead Pits and today Adrian was able to state that four or five young were on show among the Little Egret colony. Two Crossbills flew west along the valley there too.

At Pitsford Reservoir this morning there was evidence of the usual summer gathering of ducks beginning on the reserve with eleven Pochard, a couple of flocks of Tufted, two drake Wigeon, five Shoveler and over a hundred Gadwall in the Scaldwell Bay. At least three Little Egrets were present but it seems that again they haven't bred on-site. Plenty of Black-headed Gull and Common Tern chicks are jostling for position on the rafts there.

Geoff Douglas saw a Mediterranean Gull overfly his garden at Barton Seagrave this afternoon.

The first Purple Emperor butterfly in the county this year was seen at Salcey Forest today and the first Gatekeeper of the year was noted also.


Neil M

Black and Yellow Longhorn
Beetle, thanks to Robin for the

Large Skipper.

A young Red Fox.

Thick-headed Fly sicus furrugineus,
as identified by Robin again!

Female Red-eyed Damselfly and not
what I originally thought it was. My thanks to
Mark Tyrrell for the correct identification!

All images from Pitsford Reservoir
this morning.

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