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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Barking Bay and the Valley

Saturday July 2nd

The Bay

With glorious weather a visit to the Bay called, I did not expect much bird wise, reverse migration will probably not start until the end of the month.

With bright sunshine, there were butterflies everywhere, I lost count of the number of Meadow Browns, Small Whites and Small/Essex Skippers I had, certainly 50+ for each species.

Also on the wing were Gatekeepers, no Common Blues seen but these should be out again shortly, hopefully a Brown Argus amongst them, the site is perfect for them.

New insect bank at Barking Bay (click on photos too enlarge )

Closer views
On the bird front, 3 Oystercatchers were seen and another noted incubating, very likely a failed breeder, also good to see was 2 broods of Shelduck, both pairs were hugging the large jetties to avoid predation from Herrings/Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

Common Buzzard, I know crap photo

Black Tailed Skimmer

Oystercatcher breeding on the Common Tern colony, for protection?
My 3rd Common Buzzard of the year was seen, these are taking off locally, good to see. Common Darters were out with around 6 seen, also at least 6 Emporers with the same number of Black Tailed Skimmers.

The Valley

Just a quick visit to check the Reservoir and was surprised to see 4 Hobbies hawking up highish, not sure what they were feeding on in the heat, they were taking insects but they were not Dragonflies.

Hobbies all

Shorter winged male

                                                      Longer winged female

Another Common Buzzard was a dot in the blue and a Common Tern gave good views sitting on a post.

Male Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtails have obviously bred nearby with no less than 6 seen, some juveniles, also a calling male in a tree.

Common Tern

Pied Wagtails, adults and juveniles were everywhere.

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