Late Summer Flowers and Bird Ringing

Sunday, August 26th 2012

Each season has its own flowers and as we progress into late summer, Knapweed (Hardheads) can be seen flowering across the reserve, providing food for this White Tailed Bumblebee.

Bee feeding from Knapweed flower

Butterflies including Small Skippers also enjoy feeding from the nectar.

Small Skipper on Knapweed

 Grass of Parnassus is beginning to flower on the moor.

Grass of Parnassus

In the Scrapes Pepper Saxifrage,  Fleabane and Meadow Sweet can be seen. 

Many early summer flowers are now producing their seeds and fruits.  Rowan are the first berries to turn red and ripen and it will not be long before the birds begin to eat them.  Hawthorn berries are just turning red and the birds will have to wait a little while for the Blackberries to ripen.

The bird ringing team were ringing off site today.  Juvenile birds were caught and ringed, some of these will soon be setting off on their long journey south.

This juvenile male Redstart is showing his new colours as he moults into adult plumage.  But many of the migrants have already gone and numbers today were poor reflecting the disruption the weather seems to have caused.Juvenile Redstart

Another bird caught was this Sedge Warbler. The last few of the Reed Warblers were also caught but they are not keen to be photographed and won't sit still!

Sedge Warbler

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