On Saturday I was out ringing again and caught some lovely birds as usual. Sparrowhawks were active again this week and the wonderful clattering of Jackdaws greeted us like last week. We caught quite a number of Blackbirds along with a Song Thrush, and some very fat Blackcaps weighing between 17 and 28 grams. The reason they have put on this much weight is because they are getting ready to migrate, the female we caught that weighed 28 grams had an amazing six of fat.
Another amazing bird we caught was a Reed Warbler which is majorly unusual for this time of year (the one in the picture is from earlier this year).
On Sunday I visited Haydn's pool with mum . The pool was almost empty and not a single bird was on it so we soon moved onto Neumann's Flash which was much more exciting; seeing at least 200 Lapwings a a variety of gulls. We also had a family group of buzzards circling above us, calling to each other.
Whilst in out trip we were accompanied by loads of dragonfly as shown in the picture below. I think this might be a Brown Hawker from doing some research, but I could do with a bit of help confirming this.
As we were walking down a lane back from Neuman's Flash a lady bird landed on me and I blew it off, then suddenly another one landed on me I blew that off as well. I thought well that's unusual. I looked around and there were hundreds of ladybirds flying into me and my mum all looking completely different. This was the short stretch of path where they were swarming.
When I got home I did some research and found out they were all Harlequin Ladybirds. They are not native and were introduced here in 2004 to eat aphids. Unfortunately they are eating all of our native ladybirds food, not just that though, they are also very aggressive and eat butterfly and moth larvae.
It has been another very interesting weekend
And so once again I would like to say a big thank you to my mum and dad for helping me.
I still feel like the ladybirds are crawling all over me!