So here goes...let's see how long it lasts.
Unbelievably, it's nearly the end of June, the longest day has been and gone and the nights will start to cut in soon. I've not been out birding much recently with big DIY projects, the garden and a work trip to Latvia.
Today, I decided to put some nets up. With Janet away on the Farne Islands and no trainees, it was just me, so I only had three nets up. It's always quiet at this time of year, but I had high hopes of juvenile warblers.
I was all set up by 05.30 and was soon catching birds. The most exciting bird, for me, was reed warbler - nothing unusual there? But, this was a 'control' - meaning it had been ringed by someone other than us. We don't get many 'controls' so they're always interesting. The last controlled reed warbler we had came from Suffolk.
|The controlled reed warbler
Between checking the nets, I tried photographing swifts -not easy, this is the best I got.
This Scorpion fly was the best I got.
|Scorpion fly Panorpa communi
I caught 17 new birds in total which isn't bad for June. Only one juvenile warbler - a chiffchaff, but I did get adult blackcaps and sedge warblers.
I also had a look at some plants and butterflies - there were lots of speckled woods, on the wing, with a couple of ringlets and skippers.
|Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata
|Bloody Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum
|Common Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii