Monday, 13 August 2012


Lade - 0600hrs - warm, dry and sunny, s2, rain late afternoon - Despite what seemed to be the perfect night for moth activity (light airs and muggy) it was another disappointing catch with only the Pyrale, a female European Corn Borer of note. The way things are shaping up this will go down as the worst year since I started regular moth trapping here five years ago.
Checked out Kerton Road pit this morning from the Lade end and was pleased to discover a cracking close Greenshank by the pit margin, one of my favourite waders and species number 23 in the August quest.

                                          European Corn Borer


ARC - 1200hrs - The now usual spread of waders in front of Hanson included 50 Lapwings, 6 Dunlins, 5 Common Sands, 3 LRPs, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Blackwits and singles of Little Stint, Redshank and Golden Plover (a Curlew Sand had been seen earlier), plus Garganey and Wigeon amongst the ducks and Little Egrets. Several large parties of Sand Martins briefly paused on their southwards journey, while Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers were all noted from the boardwalk.
Dungeness  - 1600hrs - With a steady drizzle thought I`d check the sea in case anything was on the move but it proved to be largely a waste of time with an hours watch from the concrete road producing just a handful of Gannets and terns, plus 5 Harbour Porpoises.

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