Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Moths & Waders

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, cloudy, n4, much warmer later - At long last, with double figure overnight temperatures, 10 species of moths came to light. Nothing much of note apart from a migrant Silver Y, plus new-for-the-year Turnip, Shears, Flame Shoulder and Knot Grass - hopefully its a start.
RSPB - 1045hrs - Surveyed various parts of the bird reserve today for breeding waders, of which there were few due to the high water levels. Probably the highlight was a pair of Lapwings with two juvs about a week old; Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Redshank also noted. Passage waders included a Little Stint on ARC and a Blackwit on the hayfield. Elsewhere, 4 Hobbies at Dengemarsh another 4 at Tower Pits, 3 Garganeys and 35 Common Terns on Dengemarsh, 4 Cuckoos, 5 Marsh Harriers, 2 Yellow Wagtails and at least 6 singing Lesser Whitethroats across the reserve. Had a probable Red Kite (too distant to confirm) fly over Dengemarsh Gully and head towards the ranges; 3 other probables were also seen earlier on.
Other news today included a Bee-eater briefly near the Light Railway Cafe, an adult Iceland Gull at The Patch and the Ravens were seen with 4 juvs on the Switch Station (PB).
Belated news from yesterday concerned a flyover Night Heron and Honey Buzzard at New Romney (SC).

                                                                Silver Y,

                                                                Green Carpet

                                                            Light Feathered Rustic

                                                            Hobby, Tower Pits

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