A group of 9 Linnet were feeding in short grass near the northern entrance, and a Raven drifted high east accompanied by a pair of Buzzard. A small flock of Lapwing- including a few displaying birds- were on the foreshore with a distant Dunlin. A Common Snipe was flushed near the southern causeway.
|Redshanks, exercising their enviable ability to fly.|
|Hopefully my first of many Dunlin at Grimley.|
|This smart male Kestrel flew through, mobbed by Corvids as it did.|
It was still a bit chilly away from the sun, so invertebrate activity was reduced. With the arrival of spring came the inevitable clouds of midges (sorry, Diptera), along with this slightly nicer looking Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)- a female judging on the less 'fluffy' appearance.
|Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria). A nice fly to catch up with this spring, after dedicating so much time to its rarer cousin; Norella spinipes (i.e. Daffodil Fly).|
I have several moth-trapping events planned in the next few weeks, so watch this space for Blossom Underwing, Small Eggar, Northern Drab and Silver Cloud. I've just jinxed myself big time, haven't I?