I started the morning at the Outfall with a mind to have a look at the Gull colony, and it particular try and re locate the Great Black Backed Gull that had shown breeding behavior on a previous visit. The trouble here is that you are always going to be at a distance from the Jetty, even if you could get closer, there are disturbance issues and the Gulls would be all over you. Due to this, there are many areas that remain unseen with perhaps 25% of the jetty structures not recorded.
|Herring Gull on nest|
|Waiting for grub|
|Tucked into a bush|
|Larger Lesser Black Backed Gull young|
I was unable to locate the possible Great Black Backed nest site, although an adult bird was seen duffing up a Cormorant with a Flattie.
|Great Black Backed Gull and Cormorant|
I was able to make a count of breeding Gulls, results below
Lesser Black Backed Gull – 71 pairs
Herring Gull – 42 pairs
Many of these already have young at the small stage, also as mentioned above, this is certainly an undercount with many areas unrecorded.
We are fast approaching the time of Dragons and Butterflies with migration starting to drop off, consequently I decided on a brief walk around Berwick Glades with the vetch starting to show.
|Possible Brown Argus|
|Red Eyed Damselfly|
Also seen were
Burnett Companions 11
Green Hairstreak 1
Small Heath 9
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Red Eyed Damselfy 10
Four Spot Chaser 4
Hairy Dragonfly 1