Sunday, 19 August 2012

Marsh Moths & Honey Buzzard

Lade - 0600hrs - Warm, dry and sunny, e2 - Another muggy morning, even down here on the coast, but by early afternoon the cloud came over delivering a few bits of drizzle and the wind swung to all points of the compass. A disappointing catch in the moth trap last night in what seemed to be ideal weather conditions. However, we went out to Marshman`s place to look at his catch where every egg box was stuffed with moths, a selection of which are depicted below.
Whilst doing the WeBS count this afternoon a south bound Honey Buzzard came through attracting the attention of the Herring Gulls; a short while later it was clocked on the bird reserve (SB) heading back north!


                                          Chinese Character

                                          Rosy Rustic

                                          Light Emerald

ARC -1500hrs - Appears to have been a clear out of waders on ARC as only 2 Common Sands, 2 Ringed Plovers and singles of Dunlin and LRP on the shingle islands. A juv Marsh Harrier scattered the ducks and several small flocks of Sand Martins pushed on south. From Screen hide 6 Garganeys and young fox hunting frogs. Plenty of Sedge and Reed Warblers in the reeds.
Over the `other-side` a Great White Egret had returned to Dengemarsh, while a Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and a selection of passage warblers were noted in a private garden on the Dungeness Estate (DB).

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