Fledglings were much in evidence with a pair of stonechats seen with 4 fledglings, the male was singing at times and was seen chasing off one of the fledglings. A male blackcap was seen feeding a fledgling, a great tit was seen feeding a youngster and a young blackbird was seen calling from a tree in the valley to the beach.
Insect wise it was a good day with 2 green hairstreaks, a wall, a small tortoiseshell and speckled woods representing butterflies, a burnet companion moth was a surprise after seeing them for the first time yesterday and false oil beetles with their huge thighs were feeding in the daisy flowers. Moth wise I also found a silver ground carpet, a male pale tussock, a white ermine and a common marbled carpet in the toilet block. A common swift moth was found squashed on the footpath and six spot burnets were also on the wing and I found quite a few of their caterpillars along the walk too. Speckled yellow moths were seen flitting over the cliff tops.
|Speckled Yellow - finally stayed still long enough to get a photo, they are such skittish things!|
|False Oil Beetle - check out those thighs!|
|Common swift - squashed on the path but not by me!|
|Common Marbled Carpet|
We were woken up early by twittering swallows and someone had set the alarm clock in the room to go off at 06:48 in the morning so we didn't get much sleep. After breakfast we had a walk around the estate and saw a male pochard and a pair of tufted duck on the large fish lake with 2 little egrets, and a pair of shelduck with 4 young on the creek.
|Swallow from the bedroom window|
|Spring is here!|
|Yellow Barred Brindle|
|A very tatty looking iron prominent|