Overnight temperature did not fall below 5c resulting in 2 Pale Brindled Beauty and a Chestnut in my moth trap and this mild spell brought in dull and misty conditions when I arrived with Bob at the pond this morning. I had one of my guided walks so before we met up with the 27 participants a careful search of the walls around the visitors centre revealed 4 Pale Brindled Beauty and one Winter Moth with one of the Pale’s being in mint condition, heavily marked and having a very green appearance also a distant adult Yellow-legged Gull among the 220 Lesser Black-back Gulls that were present off draycote bank.
The group were a very enthusiastic bunch and they enjoyed the views of a distant juvenile Great-northern Diver and as the majority were new to birding they also appreciated close views of displaying Goldeneye, 2 male and one female Goosander sleeping , Wigeon and Teal just off shore in toft bay and 4 Buzzard overhead plus a look at the moths.
After the walk Bob and I went over to Shawell rubbish tip and silt ponds but could not find anything amongst the hundreds of gulls present.
I have arranged the following guided walks with ST on:-
All starting at 11am. (none in March due to holidays)