Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Grey Wagtails

Lade - 0630hrs - cool, dry and cloudy, w2 - Haven't posted much about moths of late, that`s because by and large there haven`t been any or, at most, just a few old favourites: SHCharacters, yellow underwings, Mully Waves, Flounced Rs and the like. However, despite only 5 species this morning one was a Dusky Thorn, and new for the year.

                                          Dusky Thorn

On the storm beaches a light pre-dawn shower had grounded a few Chiffchaffs and Mipits,  Blackcap, Reed Bunting and Wheatear. Best of all were 2 Grey Wagtails overhead calling, along with several parties of Mipits, Goldfinches and Swallows. More Swallows and Sand Martins milling about over south pit, plus an influx of 180 Gadwalls and about 500 Grey Lags.
Spent most of the day up London treating Mrs PT to a belated birthday present (Jersey Boys). On the way back on the train I was again reminded how lucky I am living and working down here on the Marsh; fancy having to do that commute everyday...
As we drove across the causeway road at Dungeness the last rays of sunshine were bouncing off New Diggings and shining on the old lighthouse, as a Marsh Harrier flew over going to roost. Pure magic.

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