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June highlights

Posted by on June 30, 2014 8:13 PM | 


Thanks to everyone who continues to look at the blog despite my parlous lack of posts...means a lot believe me.
Best I can offer are a few highlights from this month at work on the coast - Emperor Moth caterpillar, a fine young male Sand Lizard (above) and some stunning Dark Green Frits at Ravenmeols.



Then there were three white Pyramidal Orchids amongst the thousands in the dunes south of Formby; good numbers of Large Skipper, and an achingly fresh Seaside Centaury.




Still one of the best offices in the world, even when the sky falls in.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...


Had a reeling Grasshopper Warbler still at the end of the reedbed walk alongside Martin Mere last night, along with a calling Spotted Crake, also a large number of Starlings coming in to roost as well.
Not had much luck with calling Cuckoos in Lancashire this year though.

Great photos, John. The Dark Green Frit is a stunner. Don't have any sightings because we're not in your neck of the woods, but we both love reading the blog.

Hi everyone, not exactly local, but I'm in the Alps at the moment just wanted to say what we have seen if that's ok - Golden Eagle, Kite (not sure which one), Ouzel, Black Redstart, Alpine Chough, Crossbill, Water Pipi,t Crag Martin plus the usual everyday stuff we get.
I highly recommend Austria to anyone who fancies coming here.

Having had to divert my usual route into Birkdale NR because of the tented city surrounding the Women's Open golf, I found myself walking through the dunes between the Coast Road and the golf club.
I was amazed to find two Grasshopper Warblers reeling along this quite narrow strip, and lots of butterflies - Small Heath, Meadow Brown and both Large and Small Skipper, with Speckled Wood as I moved into the trees.
Nice, but a trip to Ravenmeols might be in order...

Gropper sitting up in the open and reeling away from an exposed perch by the Coast Road, 300-400m north of Pontins roundabout at Ainsdale at 1030 today.

Red Necked Grebe still present on Weaver Bend, Frodsham and Osprey showing well at Norton Marsh, both on Saturday.

Hi John.
Sandwich Tern at Junction Pool amongst the BHG about 13.15.. Cheers Alan Spencer

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