Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Rannoch Loopers, Curlew Sandpiper and a Red-backed Shrike

Lade - 0600hrs - cool, sunny, sw3 - Two Rannoch Loopers in the trap this morning. Was kind of expecting this migrant moth from the Continent as others have been trapped locally of late. Both were a bit tatty, not surprising really when you consider they were probably blown over the North Sea on the recent north-easterlies.
The Midrips - 0800hrs A decent return on waders before I got asked to leave by range staff as they changed the shooting times. The highlight was a summer plum Curlew Sandpiper, also, 25 Dunlin, 21 Avocets, 30 Redshanks, 20 Lapwings, 12 Oystercatchers, 12 Ringed Plovers, 2 LRP`s and a Grey Plover. Wheatear and Mipit feeding young.
Rannoch Looper
Dungeness - 1130hrs - The Baitdigger strikes again with a male Red-backed Shrike seen flying over South View. By the time I arrived the Lord of Hookers and the Joker were also on site. We soon relocated the nervy shrike close by as it perched atop scrub a couple of times before heading out into the Desert. The second one of the spring.

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