Saturday, 4 August 2012

Port Lympne

Lade - 0600hrs - warm, cloudy, heavy rain, brighter later, s2 - A decent number of moths in the trap this morning including 10 Silver Ys, 2 Garden Tigers and a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Several grounded Willow Warblers calling in nearby gardens.
                                        Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

                                          Gorilla, Port Lympne

                                          Marsh view

Port Lympne - En-route to the zoo 2 Turtle Doves at Newchurch and several Yellowhammers of note. In and around the zoo Buzzard, Kestrel and Hobby, Nuthatch, Long-tailed tit and Jay.
I`ve got mixed feelings about zoos, but I guess this one does have various breeding programmes which lead to re-introductions to justify its existence. The primates always look so sad to me, and as for the big cats, well I could harp on, but I wont... We took the little fella, who seemed to enjoy himself, but to be honest I reckon yesterdays pond dipping was much more fun (and cheaper!).
Called in to check out Marshman`s moths on the way back. At home moth supremo Bernard Skinner called in for a chat.
ps:  Balearic Shearwaters were once again reported off the Point, while Garganeys and a selection of passage waders were on the ARC. The Eagle Owl remains at roost in Ashford town centre.

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