The Safari was out on a very calm Patch 2 to see very little out at sea. All the (in)action was on the beach, there were about 70 Sandwich Terns loafing around and a good number fishing not far behind the surf, coming up with Sandeels. We had a good look at them but could only see one Common Tern fishing with them. There was no blubber whatsoever today.Sandwich Terns were juveniles and a few of the adults sported BTO bling.
In the gardens it was busy with people all day so little chance for another Wheatear today but the sunshine had brought out a couple of White sp butterflies and a Meadow Brown.
|It was obviously warm enough as it rested perpendicular to the sun for some time|
|It's a bit battered!|
Our group arrived a little later than anticipated which gave us a chance to have a look at what was around the pond. There were a lot of House Sparrows, they've had a good year round these parts except in the street at Base Camp, we had hoped to get some pics of them bathing and/or drinking around the pond edge but they were too flighty and wouldn't let us get anywhere near. We had to make do with a Water Lily flower pushing its way to the light through the massed ranks of the floating leaves.
Our kids weren't able to find anything that wasn't pulled out yesterday.
A very quick look at Patch 2 at lunchtime gave us even less than first thing.
In the afternoon we were out with another gang of youngsters on mini-beast safari in a town centre park. We found numerous bumble bees, hoverflies, very fast White butterflies, a Meadow Brown butterfly, lots of spiders and harvestmen and a Brown Hawker dragonfly.
One of the kiddies had our net and every so often we peered into it as she was dragging it through the grass - she only had little legs. Often there were Common Froghoppers in there whose jumping made the little ones jump but there was also a small bug one time we looked.
Only the second Heterotoma planicornis ever found in town and there are no other records on the NBN map for Vice County 60! What a great stroke of luck...we expect it's obviously more common and widespread than the records suggest due to a lack of recorders.Where to next? Only chance of a couple of short Patch 2 watches tomorrow.
In the meantime let us know who popped up unexpectedly in your outback.