Tuesday, 17 July 2012


Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry & sunny, w2 - What a difference a day makes, with a cobalt blue sky and light winds lifting the spirits of both birder and birds alike. At least 5 Skylarks were aloft and singing over the storm beaches along with plenty of Linnets, Mipits and Whitethroats plus loads of Reed Warblers `chugging` away around the pit margins. Most numerous were hundreds, maybe thousands, of Starlings swirling over the Desert hunting leather jackets with similar numbers of Swifts overhead. Raptors were also enjoying the warmth with two each of Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel noted.
The strong sunshine had enticed scores of Marbled Whites onto the wing too.
At home in the trap Silver Y was the most numerous migrant moth.

                                          Swift & Silver Y, Lade

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