Painted Lady butterflies arriving in numbers

Painted Lady arrival

It's worth checking any flowers for our latest arrivals, faded, worn or damaged individuals were seen along the seawall and Wild Safari route. These insects have probably just arrived from the continent and should now breed leaving us with a generation of fresh butterflies later in the year.

South Lake

Two 2cy Mediterranean Gulls with Herring, Lesser BB and Black-headed Gulls, Little-ringed Plover, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Avocet (broods of 4,3 and 1), pair of Lapwing, a Common Tern, 2 drake Shoveler, 19 drake Gadwall (now moulting),3 Teal, Great Crested and Little Grebe.

Duck Decoy

An insect hatch off/emergence attracted a low flying feeding flock of gulls including Mediterranean.


Pair of Little-ringed Plover + chick, Cranes pair + 2 chicks, Grey Wagtail (unusual for late May), 10 drake and 8 duck Tufted Duck, 5 drake Gadwall, 2 drake Shoveler and 36 Avocet.

Tack Piece

Golden Plover, Egyptian Goose + singing Whitethroat along the hedge from Estuary Walkway, on the scrape from hides- 11 drake Gadwall, 6 Avocet + chick, pair of Tufted Duck, 17 Shelduck, 110 Greylag and 3 Canada Geese and a Pied Wagtail.

Estuary Tower

Cuckoo singing in grounds/Decoy, 26 Avocet + 2 chicks, nesting Cranes, Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls, Peregrine, pair of Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 2 Curlew + 31 Canada Geese.

Middle Point

Five singing Reed Warbler, 10 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plover, Sanderling, 18 Curlew and 2 Avocet on the mud plus a Common Tern flew down this afternoon.

Top New Piece

Two Spoonbill (earlier at Middle Point tidal pool), drake Garganey, 31 drake Gadwall, 35 Shelduck, pair of Cranes with two chicks, 2 Lapwing, Redshank, 22 Avocet, drake Shoveler + Pied Wagtail with juvenile.

Bottom New Piece

Six Redshank and 2 Lapwing.