I realised that I'd not been to visit Burgess Field for quite a while now and so today I did a late afternoon yomp around much of the patch area. First stop was the Trap Grounds to look for dragonflies and damselflies though all I could find were a few Blue-tailed Damsels. There were a few Ringlet butterflies in the long grass of the clearing but that was about it.
The floods are still just about hanging on in there with the main remaining pool being by Aristotle Lane exit. There are still plenty of Black-headed Gulls picking over the mud with quite a few Grey Herons and one LITTLE EGRET picking off the last of the trapped fish. Plenty of post-breeding Lapwings about and the Jericho RED KITE was on the deck picking at a gull carcass.
|The resident Red Kite|
In Burgess Field itself there were loads of butterflies about - the warm dry weather is no doubt making for an excellent summer for these insects. Marbled Whites were everywhere, there were quite a few Ringlets and Meadow Browns as well as good numbers of Essex Skipper and one Small Skipper. On the bird front I came across a total of 5 STOCK DOVE feeding on the pathways within the reserve.
|One of many Essex Skippers|