Monday, 25 July 2011

Wknd 23-24 July

Entering final week of BTO atlas official period an assessment of remaining targets indicated the only easy ticks remaining locally were over in NT68, NE of Binning Wood. A couple of hours peering at tree tops in Binning finally bore fruit with confirmation of seven more species - Goldcrests and Treecreepers abundant in there, former still feeding young, also a family of Blackcaps and Spotted Flycatcher calling (confirmed nearby in Duncanson's Wood, Newbyth, by Jim); fresh Woodcock feather found, but no juvs spotted :(

New breeding confirmations can still be added after the end of the official period, and will be mapped, but for some species it is now too late. Still some hope for things like Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch and Collared Dove, still plenty gaps for latter (NT48, NT56, NT66, NT67, NT68, NT76 & NT77).

We also did the bigbutterfly count, still time to add your 15 min counts. One Common Hawker dragonfly patrolling Bruce's Circle clearing. Joanne also found a Forest Bug (Pentatoma rufipes), new for NT68.

Sunday, and the summer gull fly-catching spectacle was well underway again over Longniddry - still live in hope of adding Med Gull to garden list by this means!

Stretching the weekend to Monday, 2nd-sum GBB yellow-E29 (above) had returned to Wrecked Craigs rocks, Port Seton, last seen here on 20 March this year (ringed as chick Caithness 22/6/09).

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