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 )|
|Common Buzzard, I know crap photo|
|Black Tailed Skimmer|
|Oystercatcher breeding on the Common Tern colony, for protection?|
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.
|Shorter winged male|
Another Common Buzzard was a dot in the blue and a Common Tern gave good views sitting on a post.
|Male Yellow Wagtail|
Pied Wagtails, adults and juveniles were everywhere.