Jul 012020
American Gull visits the Midlands

A first summer Laughing Gull, a rare visitor from North America, was discovered at Belvide Reservoir, in Staffordshire during the late afternoon of 28th June 2020 and was still present on the morning of 30th June 2020. I decided to make the trip and was watching the bird for 2 hours in the afternoon.  The […]

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Jun 292020
A Surprise Wader

I spent a few hours on 28th June at Willington Gravel Pits. A surprise sighting was three summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwits that circled the reserve and then headed off towards High Bridge Gravel Pits. A couple of Little Egrets briefly, a pair of Oystercatcher and a pair of Common Terns were feeding 2 small chicks. […]

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Jun 272020
Moth Trap - 25-26th June 2020

Garden Moth Trap results from overnight on 25th June 2020 – the best trap so far this year, resulting in three new species for the garden – Eyed Hawkmoth, Scarlet Tiger and Coronet. 44 species – c150moths. A number escaped during the processing of the trap, so species and count totals could have been better. […]

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Jun 252020
The "Spinney Orchid"

Last year (May 2019) I discovered a tiny flower head of an orchid that had naturally established itself in my front lawn. It didn’t take me long to identify it as a Common Spotted Orchid. By mid June it was in flower. I put up a small group of sticks and string around the plant […]

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