Saturday, 20 August 2016

Ring reading on the Hayle estuary

The weather this afternoon was predominately dry although very windy so ring reading was the order. An hours session was had at Stithians reservoir this morning without success although this afternoon only produced one more, one of Mark Grantham's Herring Gull's ringed locally in Cornwall. A record shot of Blue W:186 is below

Also observed on the estuary were  -

4 young Swallow still being fed on the nest, the nest being in the hide rafters

Sandwich Terns


Further up the coast at Hells Mouth where I nest record seabirds the young Fulmar are only two weeks or less away from leaving for mid ocean

The young one in the top right has shed most of it's down

This young wont be leaving for a while yet, it's still quite downy

A Peregrine site was also checked with one of the birds present

In the garden during the last week, my first Tree Bumblebee was recorded, a welcome addition to my BTO Garden Birdwatch survey list -

and I also found this caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth

Tomorrow is the August WeBS count on the local lake and a walk in the woods.

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