Even Boris can't stop these migrants however - painted lady butterflies - millions of them.
|Painted Lady Butterfly
|A typical scene this morning
Today was a good day for butterflies at Druridge with at least eleven species noted.
|a beautiful 'blue' female Common Blue
|Diamond back moth
|There were hundreds of these in the dunes this evening...
|Hummingbird hawkmoth - new for the patch
|Rhingia campestris - sometimes known as the 'Heineken hoverfly'
|Pellucid hoverfly - Volucella pellucens
|Female Syrphus sp. possibly ribesii
|female Platycheirus sp
|male Eristalis sp. possibly E. tenax
Most of this stuff still needs identifying...
|One of the 'picture-winged flies'
|Crabro cribarius - female
|Spider - underside
|Same spider from above
Wader numbers were much-reduced from what they were on Friday. Today there were two wood sandpipers, one common sand, five black-tailed godwits, two ruff and greenshank of note. On Friday there were 10 common sand, one wood sand, one green sand, one little ringed plover, 27 black-tailed godwit, four knot, ten snipe, two ruff, whimbrel and a the first returning golden plover of the autumn.
We had hoped to try to ring some storm petrels tonight but the sea was still boiling after recent northerlies, loud enough to drown-out or speaker for sure. We did go and check the volume out though and had ten Med gulls in the beach roost including a juvenile.