Saturday, 30 July 2011

Bittern Watch...

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, sunny start, warmer later, n2 - Karen and Sarah`s last morning of moth`ing around Dungeness. Double Kidney and Twin-spotted Wainscot were new for the trap, but otherwise the cold night kept numbers down here and elsewhere. At DBO Least Carpet was new for the trip and we finished off at the RSPB moth morning event at the Visitor Centre. Whilst at the Obs a Raven flew over `cronking` and landed out on the desert.
Hookers - 1100hrs Spent a pleasant two (Bitternless) hours scanning from the ramp for the streaky brown heron in warm sunshine; Hawkeye followed on `til 1500hrs and also drew a blank. However, several Beardies `pinged` and showed well, as did a couple of Marsh Harriers, plenty of Common Terns, and the GWEgret briefly in flight. Also noted 5 Willow Warblers, Greenshank, Hobby and Sparrowhawk.
Later on in the afternoon a Pec Sand was reported on ARC viewable from Hanson hide.
Double Kidney, Plovers - New for the garden trap this localised, resident Noctuid comes to light in small numbers.

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