Friday, 27 July 2012

First Pintail

Lade - 0600hrs - overcast, muggy, showery, clearing by mid-morning, n2 - Cracking night with 40 species of moths in the trap this morning including Reed Dagger and White-line Dart new for the year. In amongst the large numbers of Buff Ermines and Tawny Shears were two extreme examples of each -  a very well marked Buffy and a very pale Tawny.
Visible migration over the pits consisted of several Yellow Wagtails and Mipits.

                                          Buff Ermine

                                          Tawny Shears

Burrowes - 1400hrs - nothing much of note here apart from a couple of Common  Sands from the visitors centre, unless you`re a fan of large gulls and Cormorants...
ARC - 1430hrs - wandered down to Screen hide where 3 Blackwits several Common Sands, LRP and Green Sandpiper amongst numerous Lapwings. Eclipse ducks included my first Pintail of the `autumn` and 3 Wigeon, plus 3 Little Egrets, Marsh Harrier and Common Tern. Plenty of Reed Warblers still in song and a Yellow Wagtail overhead. Chatted to SB who had 2 Whimbrels, a few more sandpipers and 2 Garganeys from Hanson.

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