Weekend Round-Up

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August 2011

Above: View N from Selsley Common, All Saints Church centre right
On an overcast Saturday morning with some light rain at first the Land Rover safari produced five Wheatears, four Yellow Wagtails among sheep on the saltmarsh, nine Greenshanks, a Black-tailed Godwit, five Redshanks and c15 Teal on Frampton Pill scrape, and a Wigeon, a Little Grebe, two juvenile Great Crested Grebes and an adult, and two Common Terns with a juvenile on the WWT 100-Acre; the only Odonata seen were two Blue-tailed Damselflies. Five Green Sandpipers were on the Rushy Pen and a Spotted Redshank (below) and two Ruff were on South Lake plus c200 Black-tailed Godwits and c15 Redshanks.

Today, a warm and sunny day but with an assertive WSW breeze, particularly at high level. My second UKBMS Wider Countryside butterfly survey on SO7713 turned up only a handful of butterflies, but a pair of mating Common Darters was interesting. A walk around Selsley Common this afternoon produced a Wheatear, and a Meadow Pipit which was carrying food. Butterflies comprised numerous Meadow Browns and Small Heaths, and a few Common Blues, the latter confined to the first 'quarry' near the road sheltered from the wind. Earlier, a Raven flew over Quedgeley near my garden.

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