Saturday, 14 June 2014

11th - 14th

After the excitement of the 10th things have quietened down somewhat but there are still some good birds around. On the 11th a/the first summer bonaparte's gull was off the Imperial Rugby ground at 0510 but a nuthatch was actually far more unusual. It was only there for 5 minutes and was potentially the same bird that was later seen on the Warren. Also there 3 common gull, 2 great crested grebe and a grey wagtail.
Orcombe Point produced 5 canada goose, 1 red-throated diver and a painted lady butterfly. In the evening (1950) the bonaparte's gull was again off the Imperial Ground along with the fs little gull and 6 sandwich tern.
On the 12th a probable serin was heard twice over Rolle Playing fields but I couldn't be sure over the noise of the kids playing football. A fs mediterranean gull was off the seafront along with 40+ black-headed gull and 8 swift came 'in off'.
On the 13th 2 fs mediterranean gull were off the Imperial and 2 were off the Lifeboat Station.
Today the a fs bonaparte's gull was off the Imperial Rugby ground @ 0625 along with 2 fs mediterranean gull, 3 common gull and 3 ringed plover. I picked up a tiny fs gull from the garden that looked good for the ross's but it was well over towards Starcross before drifting downriver towards the Quay. Later, from the garden it or another fs tiny gull was picked up on the river from the garden but that was almost certainly the fs little gull. Also an adult sum plum mediterranean gull flew upriver and the red valerian at the back of the garden attracted a hummingbird hawk moth along with a small tortoiseshell, a large skipper and a green hairstreak.

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