Most of the summer visiting birds have arrived in their usual numbers but the House Martins are still scarce. I heard at least 4 Cuckoo calling and watched a Tawny Owl being chased through the woods by a posse of Jays, Blackbirds and Chaffinches but probably the best bird was a Red Kite soaring over the Cong Burn Woodland.
|Red Kite over the Cong Burn|
Dingy Skippers were at their usual spot on the fell and more unusually there was one feeding on the Common Daisies by the side of one of the rides through South Burn Woods. Try as I might I could not find any Green Hairstreaks today but the commonest butterfly was the Wall, I saw them all over the fell this morning.
|Dingy Skipper - at a new site in the South Burn Woods|
Also in the trap was a Cockchafer. It's always this month they appear, hence their other name of May-bug.
Standing by one of the new bunds at Wanister Bog turned up both Large Red and Blue-tailed Damselflies
|Large Red Damselfly|
amongst the vegetation and the large stand of Water Horsetail
and with that tiny longhorn micro moth Adela reaumurella , waving it's antennae around.