Sunday 24th June

As promise, here is a weekend round-up of what's about at present. The answer is basically pretty much the same birds as before. Apart from the mid-week excitement of the REDSHANK, as far as gulls and terns go it's the usual black-headed gulls with the 1s LITTLE GULL still being seen periodically and several common terns. There are still large numbers of mute swans, coots, the usual ducks moulting into eclipse including the drake TUFTED DUCK though I haven't see the red-crested pochard nor the shelduck for a while, and several little egrets. The LITTLE GREBE is still in residence along the Castle Mill Stream and seems to be finding plenty of fish there.

The rain has ensured that there's plenty of flood water ready for the return passage but in the mean time I've had to make do with studying some of the local insect life on the patch. Below are selection of photos taken from this week.
Burnet Companion moth from Burgess Field NR
The terns can be viewed at very close quarters fishing 
in the swollen stream by the boat moorings
Garden Grass-veneer moth - a common but small 
grass moth in Burgess Field NR
Arty impressionistic mallard shot
There are plenty of fish for the little egrets to catch
As predicted last week, the Large Skippers are now out in Burgess Field NR
An Uncertain Moth (no, that's actually it's name) caught in the garden
The Scarlet Tiger Moths are finally out in my garden

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