15th September 2011

It was cold last night - down to 6C so nothing of note in the moth trap! The Yew tree by Keele Hall was full of Greenfinches and a few Mistle Thrushes that were feeding on the berries. Three Siskins flew over the Hall.
Yew Tree by Keele Hall - food for Greenfinches and Mistle Thrushes
Lunchtime was sunny so I walked down to 5th lake. Lake 4 is almost covered with Fringed Water-lily and Reed Sweet-grass. Common Darter and Southern Hawker were flying over the lake.
Lake 4
Common Darter by Lake 4
Water Mint by lake 4

There is a lot of Japanese Knotweed around Lake 1. It is a pernicious weed, capable of pushing through tarmac but the flowers at this time of year are fantastic for insects.
Hoverfly on Japanese Knotweed
The Little Grebes were showing well on the lake.

Adult Little Grebe and chick on lake 1
Sadly I found more evidence of tree labels being removed from the trees. Goodness knows why people do this - they are only bits of plastic.

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