Two good birds arrived recently to liven up the birding doldrums
with a second summer Night Heron at Seeswood Pool, Nuneaton which was my second
county record while even better was the summer plumage Pacific Golden Plover
which graced Jubilee
Wetlands, Drayton Bassett Pits, Staffordshire just a couple of hundred yards
from the Warwickshire border so a welcome addition to my West Midlands list. Will
be back if it decides to cross the border. Back to plodding the pond this
morning with the same old same old still present with 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 3
Little Egret, 6 Common Tern and 2 Yellow Wagtail but a chance to play catch up
with Paul and Bob was welcome. A walk around Ryton Woods in cloudier conditions
than our last visit meant we only had 12 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Silver-washed
Fritillary and a brief glimpse of a Purple Emperor fluttering across the canopy.
Only moth noted was a Common White Wave but plenty of Brown Hawkers, Common
Darter and a couple of Southern Hawkers. Recent additions to our moth lists
included a Large Tabby for me and Least Carpet for Dave. News from Cym of a Red
Kite over the Millholm Parc this afternoon.