Sunday, April 27, 2014

A soft day...

Above - False Oxlip, top, with its parents Primrose x Cowslip
Two visits to Low Newton today as the weather was promising for some migrants. A light easterly with drizzle means you don't want to be far from the coast in Northumberland. As it happens, we had an enjoyable morning but there were no scarcities.

Passerines in the scrub at the Tin Church included 4+ Blackcaps, 4+ Willow Warblers, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Grasshoper Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroats. Down at the point, a Tree Pipit was near the compound along with 3+ Wheatears and a Whimbrel flew South. A nice show of Primrose and Cowslips in the dunes resulted in a False Oxlip, a hybrid between the former two species.

As the drizzle became steady, we headed down to the pool and hide for some shelter. Here, a party of 5 Arctic  Terns flew low over the water and out to sea, my first House Martins were with other hirundines. 5+ Sedge Warblers were new in, singing all over the pond margins, while a party of 6 Black tailed Godwits dropped in for a rest to join the now semi-resident 2 Ruff. One of these birds is coming into breeding plumage. On the damp scrape, 15 Dunlin, 1 Yellow and 1 Pied Wagtail added to the interest.

Chiffchaff
Reed Bunting that looks like Uncle Fester! 



4 comments:

John Wooldridge said...

I did not realise that the 'false ox slip' occurred. Is it natural cross pollination or man induced? Great pictures and interesting blog by the way Stewart.

John

Skyline Spirit said...

pretty nice blog, following :)

Stewart said...

Hi John, False Oxlips are a natural hybrid that occurs where the two plants occur side by side. New to me too, though I have heard of them in the past.

Skyline - Cheers, I dont know too much about gaming?

amanda peters said...

One of the places I record at has a lot of these flowers (dog mill pond) have never seen so many in one place. Love the last photo, now go out and find me some ladybirds to look at...:)
Amanda