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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Colour-ringed Little Egret and a Pinion-streaked Snout

Friday 26th
Shibdon Pond - Single Snipe, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing and a Little Egret with coloured leg rings [ Left Yellow ring "V" : Right Red ring "B1"]. Juvenile Common Terns taking their first flights. Butterflies seen today were  Small, Large and Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Skipper.
Greenside - A Pinion-streaked Snout, the first for Gateshead and very few ever having been recorded in the county was trapped overnight.

The Pinion-streaked Snout [Brian Pollinger]

Winlaton Mill - White-Letter Hairstreak noted in a private garden, the first of the year and like Grayling none were seen last year.

Greenside Folly reclaimed landfill site - Lesser Whitethroat this evening, plus 2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler (showing very well for the last 2 weeks), Common Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, numerous Goldfinch, 100+ Swallow and House Martin. This site good for commoner species of butterflies at the moment, including literally hundreds of Meadow Browns.

Dyke Heads - 3 Grey Partridge, something of a rarity these days.
Low Greenside -Tawny Owl on overhead wires.

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