Almost breathless early on then the westerly breeze returned. Hot and sunny.
|White darvic ringed 3cy Mediterranean gull, bottom centre.|
This bird has not been read here before, and it wasn't today - an opportunity for someone.
(mid-morning incoming tide)
7 Mediterranean Gull (6 adults, 1 2nd CY – all unringed)
1 Sandwich Tern
colour-ringed Oystercatcher seen around Heysham last winter (Yellow flag with code LA on left leg; Yellow ring on right leg - (details of any sightings in between awaited)).
Heysham Nature Park
Good numbers of butterflies mid-morning
14 Common Blue
5 Small Skipper
6 Meadow Brown
5 Small White
2 Speckled Wood
|This is the white ringed LCG Mediterranean gull|
|This is a nice collection - Juvenile Mediterranean gull left|
Green Ringed ANLT Mediterranean gull
plus a Common gull and two Black-Headed gulls
Sandwich Tern at least two flying around.
|The male Common Darters are starting to turn red.|
I made the mistake of having a short walk around in the afternoon. The walks on the shore and sea wall are quite refreshing in the breeze but it was oppressive in the shelter of the reserve. Didn't see much of note either, apart from this wasp. It was very distinctive and I thought I would easily identify on the internet, but all I could find was the American species Great Black Wasp. Fortunately, I asked for help, and Kevin sent me a link for Amblyjoppa proteus. I'm happy that it is a female of this species, a big one, I estimated 3cm, but the species limit is 2.5cm, so I'll settle for that. (MD)