Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Little Swift...

Dungeness  - 0900hrs - warm, dry, cloudy, s2 - Nothing much moving on the sea apart from a few Gannets, Sandwich and Common Terns and a single Med Gull. A wander over to the Obs delivered the usual Linnets, Whitethroats, Black Redstart and Mipit.
RSPB - News broke mid-morning of a Little Swift seen over ARC amongst a large flock of Common Swifts. Despite much searching through the flock of c200 birds it was not relocated. Around midday I checked out Lade and during the afternoon all the waters around the bird reserve without success. Of note was a Turtle Dove on the wires along Dengemarsh Road and a large, sluggish Grass Snake at Springfield Bridge.

                                          Grass Snake, Dengemarsh

Moths - 21 species in the garden trap last night, including Shark, White-point and Silver Y. Steve Whitehouse has featured Dungeness in his latest Webzine article on coastal moths on the Birdguides website and is well worth a look, re:  www.birdguides.com

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