Great to get out in the field after what seems like forever. This morning was spent with Luke this for an investigation into some of the more restricted grounds surrounding Bidston Moss in order to discover more species, in particular insects for our joint Pan-List if the site. The sites Main Lake was host to 6 Barnacle Geese (flew over heading east, most likely part of the feral flock from Caldy), with 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan (on nest with no sign of eggs), 3 Common Moorhen, 8 Eurasian Coot, 4 Mallard with highlight being 2 calling LITTLE GREBE heard coming from the reeds close to that of the swan nest. Little Grebe along with several other species documented this spring at the moss by myself & Luke are something we'll be keeping a close eye on for breeding and if your visiting then please inform of your sightings.
|Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) - Image by Elliot Montieth|
|Great crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) - Image by Elliot Montieth|
Luke guided me carefully guided us round to the wasteland and reed bed (the largest yet most under watched area of the site!) were the hunt began with Yellow-meadow (22), Myrmica sp (1) & Black Garden (5) nests, interesting to see that there was a lot of interaction between the Black Garden & Yellow-meadow. In terms of butterflies Comma (1), Peacock (4), Small Tortoiseshell (3) & Orange-Tip (2) were also being counted along with 3 species of Millipede, 5 Woodlouse, 2 Earthworm with a Caddisfly larvae sp & Ruby-tailed Wasp being the highlights. This is only a small percentage of the biodiversity we've documented since the beginning of the year (bird records extend to that since the site was first created), with more exact accounts recorded on mine and Luke's joint excel spread sheet.
|Yellow-Meadow Ant (Lasius flavus) - Image by Luke Anderson|
|Comma (Polygonia c-album) - Image by Elliot Montieth|
|Luke investigating one of the several Yellow-Meadow Ant nests located today|
|Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) - Image by Elliot Montieth|
|Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) - Image by Elliot Montieth|
Observers: Elliot Montieth & Luke Anderson