Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The North Wind Shall Blow...

Lade - 0530hrs - cool, cloudy, n2 - Not quite cold enough for a frost, (as in the Highlands of Scotland) but chilly enough to reduce the number of moths on the wing last night; however, Small Emerald was new for the year. At the Kerton Road Cafe a possible Rush Wainscot (a Red Data Book species) was in temporary residence having been trapped on the bird reserve. If confirmed by the Moth Lord it will be the first record since the `50`s at Dungeness.
Dungeness - 1000hrs A cursery look at the sea revealed a few auks and Gannets on the move.
ARC - 1530hrs - From the Screen hide hundreds/thousands of Sand Martins over the water having been forced down by the cool northerly airflow. The female Goosander was amongst the moulting wildfowl, while Wood Sandpiper and Greenshank were the pick of the waders. Also noted Hobby, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Dark Tussock - A regular visitor to local traps where the larvae feed on Prostrate Broom.

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