Friday, 22 July 2016


It was a bit of a scorcher along the Pyefleet Channel at Maydays on a very sunny Monday 18th. The high tide and amount of heat during the late morning period meant there were only a few things on show.

The song of several yellowhammers around Maydays farm was of interest with at least four birds heard, one of the males pictured above.

Other birds noted were a whimbrel over the saltmarsh, pair of great crested grebes and a pair of common terns in the channel, 5 yellow wagtails and a reed warbler.
Around the Maydays farm buildings 30+ house martins were flying around with a recent count of 44 nests on one of the houses there.

Also walking the seawall on the north side of the Island on the same hot Monday "until beaten back by the heat!" was Andy Field who found this comma at rest near Shop Lane.

At Reeveshall five green sandpipers were on the pool there, 2 hobbies were over the Pyefleet, greenshank flew along the channel, 32 black-tailed godwits, 2 dunlin, common tern with a juvenile and a little tern also along the Pyefleet.

This large hoverfly Volucella pellucens was photographed by Andy beside the Shop Lane wood where at least one common buzzard was heard calling frequently. A yellowhammer was heard singing from a nearby hedgerow and a red squirrel was seen by Nicola Pollard opposite her Shop Lane garden.

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