Up to three Pine Ladybird were found on the same Gorse bush as last weekend, so presumably an overlooked resident species. Small Adders-tongue has emerged in Greenland Lake. Warren Crocus is still in flower with several hundred open in the afternoon sun.
The first Speckled Wood of the year was on the wing along with Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Upright Chickweed is now in flower along with hundreds of Warren Crocus.
A single Pine Ladybird Exochumus 4-pustulatus was found on a south facing Gorse bush on the edge of Greenland Lake along with several Gorse Shieldbug. This is probably only the second record for the reserve and the first since 1977.
Despite the cool conditions well over 100 Warren Crocus flowers were present behind the Visitor Centre, they did not however remain open for long in the weak sunshine
The first Sand Lizard of the year was seen today. Cut-leaved Deadnettle is in flower along the back path.
The first Warren Crocus flowers of the year were seen in today's warm sunshine behind the Visitor Centre. This is probably the earliest ever emergence date for the crocus.
A Painted Lady in Greenland Lake was the first of the year
The long-staying Grey Seal was again seen in the estuary.
The warm sunshine brought out the several Seven Spot Ladybird, the first of the year, also a Common Lizard on the Dune Ridge, with Peacock and Comma butterflies also on the wing. Flowering plants included Sea Mouseear, Common Whitlow Grass and Summer Snowflake whilst Early Meadow Grass is particularly obvious this year and masses of Warren Crocus leaves were visible behind the visitor centre.
Comma 10/03/07 © Andrew Cunningham
The first Comma butterfly of the year was on the wing and a Grey Seal was in the estuary.
The first Frog spawn was noticed in flooded scrapes in the Buffer Zone.
Further erosion during the week of the Dune Ridge. These photos show the section between groynes 10 and 11, the foredunes here were previously favoured by Sand Lizards. Presumably, any individuals hibernating here have been lost. The remnants of sand dune balanced on the groyne in the bottom image show how much sand was washed away in one evening.
Erosion February 2007
A Grey Seal was in the estuary. The first Toad spawn was noticed in the Main Pond.
A Red Admiral was by the First Pond.
A Grey Seal was offshore for much of the morning.
The first Common Lizard of the year was seen today.
At least three Red Admiral were on the wing today.
At least two Red Admiral were on the wing today.
A Grey Seal was hauled out on Bull Hill at low tide.
A Red Admiral was in Greenland Lake.
A Grey Seal was in the estuary off Bull Hill.
A Small Tortoiseshell along the Back Path was the third butterfly species of the month, at least one Red Admiral was also present.
A Peacock in flight behind the hide was the second butterfly record of the year.
A Silver Y was disturbed from vegetation in Greenland Lake and a Red Admiral was on the wing by the First Pond.