It's also that time when the gull flocks contain fresh interest and it is fortunate that residents of the borough of Sutton cannot be arsed to sort their food waste as there are still hordes of Larids at Beddington. The main target as June hands over to July is juvenile Yellow-legged Gull - so far, the only juvenile gulls I have picked out have been two Lesser Black-backeds on yesterday but I was pleased to pick out a 2cy YLG then. Great Black-backed Gulls have also featured, with an adult on Monday and a 2cy yesterday.
I guess I have somewhat neglected the main patch of CFBW this week but a birthday stroll there last Thursday produced a Red Kite over the farm. On Saturday, I connected with my 35th species of butterfly thanks to the recently discovered colony of White-letter Hairstreaks in Banstead Woods. These were my first examples of the species since I stumbled upon one by the bridge in my village, Belmont, a few years ago, before I was particularly interested in butterfly identification. My Saturday visit was also worthwhile for the unseasonable Meadow Pipit which was singing by Broadfield.
|Red Kite at Canons Farm last Thursday|
|one of at least four White-letter Hairstreaks at Banstead Woods on Saturday, my 35th patch butterfly species|
|a bit of a random Meadow Pipit at Canons Farm on Saturday|
|Swallow at Canons Farm on Saturday|
|juvenile Song Thrush at Beddington on Sunday|
|Green Sandpiper at Beddington on Sunday|
|Little Egret at Beddington on Monday|
|adult Great Black-backed Gull at Beddington on Monday|
|Common Sandpiper at Beddington on Monday|
|2cy Yellow-legged Gull at Beddington yesterday|
|juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull at Beddington yesterday|
|Gatekeeper at Beddington yesterday, my first of the year|