Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Red Crested Pochard & Purple Heron

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, dry and sunny, s2 - Good to be back on the Marsh after a day in the London area. Superb morning for a stroll around the local patch with the breeding birds going about their business and several Med Gulls over calling.
A poor night in the moth trap although the first Hawk-moth of the season.

                                         Foxgloves, Lade

                                          Small Elephant Hawk-moth

Dengemarsh - 1200hrs & 1500hrs - A Purple Heron was seen from Springfield Bridge (CT) but was far from obliging, although it did show briefly around 2ish; in the same area that the breeding pair favoured two years ago. The female RCP could also be seen from the bridge along with several Marsh Harriers and 3 Hobbies over the reedbed. Had another go for the heron later, but by now the rain had set in.
The only other local news was a Roseate Tern down at Rye, a Black Tern at The Patch and a singing Marsh Warbler at Botolph`s Bridge this morning.

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