Monday, 12 August 2019

Long-tailed Blue!

08.00-10.30 from the hide:
Teal: 6W
Common Scoter: 1E
Fulmar: 5W
Balearic Shearwater: 1W
Gannet: 268W.    4E
Cormorant: 7 around
Dunlin: 4W
Great Skua: 1W
Arctic Skua: 2W   1E
Kittiwake: 56W    3E
Sandwich Tern: 219W
Common Tern: 220W
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 2+
 While having a cup of tea in the observatory garden Jacques suddenly shouted Long-tailed Blue, the butterfly had flown in over our heads and fortunately landed on the garden plants, brilliant! a Dungeness first for me.
 Long-tailed Blue

A tailess Pied Wagtail taking a liking to Jacques car at the observatory
After lunch at the ARC there was very little to change from the last few days, plenty of Wood Sandpipers, the same 4 Ruff, 7 Garganey etc. Oh how easy it is to become blase!
 A Dunlin in front of Firth Hide during this afternoons deluge
As I was parking my car at the fishing boats this afternoon the heavens opened, so I made my way to Firth Hide instead, where a juvenile Black Tern was still present and there was an adult Yellow-legged Gull on one of the islands, waders were represented by 10+ Dunlin, 8+ Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, a Whimbrel and a Ringed Plover all being battered by the deluge.
 Common Sandpiper being battered by the deluge
 A Greenshank bought in by the rain
 Just for Jacques
Swallows drying out on the roof of the VC

1 comment:

  1. Superb Martin, and as it is a female it is quite likely to lay eggs in the vicinity. These have a very quick life cycle so in a matter of a few weeks there could be several more very fresh individuals!!
    In fact it worth checking that plant you have photographed it on for eggs as it looks like the pea family.