Sunday, 19 June 2016

Bleak Mid-summer

A pretty grim week. Grey skies and a cold northerly have made it feel like November, so there has been little to do other than seawatch from Whitburn. A decent passage of common stuff with the odd goodie like summer plumage Great Northern Diver and Roseate Tern. A trip up to the Northumberland coast on Tuesday yielded little, but a Wood Sandpiper at Newton was a nice find. A Peregrine over Lamesley on Thursday was my first Gateshead year tick for ages.

A bit of warmth this morning, so a wander around Kibblesworth was worth it. Although it wasn't sunny there were loads of Four-spotted Chaser and four Broad-bodied Chaser, including an ovipositing female. Unsurprisingly there were few butterflies, but there were several Small Heath and the first Meadow Brown of the year.

Four-spotted Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser
Meadow Brown
Large Skipper
Common Blue Damsel
A good show of Bee Orchid were at nearby Birtley.

Bee Orchid

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