Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Lade - 0600hrs - cool, overcast, drizzle, s2 - Only 14 species in the moth trap last night with the only insect of note being a Migrant Hawker. Over the storm beaches a steady passage of Swifts heading purposely south and a few Sand Martins across the open water.

                                          Migrant Hawker

ARC - 1515hrs - A brief call in to Hanson hide delivered 20 Lapwings, 5 LRPs, 5 Dunlins, 4 Common Sands and a Blackwit, plus 3 Garganeys and a 1st summer Little Gull. Plenty of hirundines, mostly Sand Martins, over the water and 50 odd Swifts.
The highlight here though was the 2 juv Peregrines that have been terrorising the birds around ARC for the past month. The female is enormous and stoops on everything from Swifts, Coots, ducks and gulls and puts on quite a performance, so if you want to see Peregrines learning their craft, come on down and enjoy the free show.

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