Erewash Meadows sighting reported by Dave Sneap

Interesting sightings during the first half of August.

Interesting sightings during the first half of August were as follows. A Little Grebe starting showing and occasionally calling from the pool by the railway that is choked with 'Mair's Tail'' I cannot see any roters on its mantle, which I think it may need for lift-off if it runs out of food. It could of course use its vertical take-off jump jet system.
Three juvenile Shelduck arrived on the 11th & are still present today and since the recent rain showers did increase the inundated edges of some pools. Both numbers of Gadwall & Teal have started to increase. Hobby sightings do seem few & far between this year, probably reflecting low numbers of local returning swallows & martins, but the one on 17th (SB) was only the 3rd sighting here this year.
WeBS count on 12th totalled = Greylags - 36. Mallard - 30. Gadwall - 2. Shoveler - 1. Teal - 16. Coot -2 Moorhen - 37. Lapwing - 113. Snipe - 9. Green Sandpiper - 2.
A little more recently and 2 Black T Godwits seen to arrive at 7 40pm on 16th and after immediatly performing a thorough 'wash & brush up’, settled in with the roosting Lapwing flock. It was thought they must have left when there was no sign the following day. But on the 18th they were re-found a few hundred yards downstream on the 'tricky' to view Ibis pool unless they were different birds, due to the thought that on this pool there were maybe 3 birds present, which turned out to be the case later on the 19th. These three then appeared to join another six on BM before being flushed by the local Sparrowhawk (SB) around early evening. A little later a short period of 'Viz-Mig' with 20 to 30 Swifts and a similar combined number of swallows & both House & Sand Martins all moving slowly through, but always eventually to the south.
Butterflies - A fantastic year for butterflies by all recent standards. Even a new species this time, unless someone knows better. This was a Brown Argus on about the 4th. Just 1. But it was the 1st. Other butterflies that day - Red Admiral 1. these have been scarce up to yet. Green V White 13. M/Brown 4. Gatekeepers 3. Comma - 2 C/Blue 2. By the 18th it was all Speckled Woods + a few Whites. (These counts relate to a transect running from the end of the canal to the kennels.)
The nearby Forge Site, Jacksdale has been good for Butterflies especially Common Blues. I have never seen so many in 3 visits each lasting one hour or so I never saw less than 30. A photographer I spoke to says he estimated there could have been c100 C/Blue's that day. Also there- several Brown Argus, but some can be difficult to separate from some female Blue's. Also early August quiet a few Clouded Yellows. I saw 5 in a short visit, but there was no doubt more.

Clouded Yellow by Dave Sneap

Clouded Yellow by Dave Sneap