Lade - 0600hrs - mild, misty, light airs, warm, dry sunny later 24C - Now there`s a talking point (amongst sad old mo`thers at least), went out to flash up the trap last night only to find the white bulb had blown, so replaced it with a blue one. About 2300hrs checked the trap and there were loads of Silver Ys and Flounced Rustics whizzing around the light, but this morning not a single Silver Y was there in the trap. Instead, 165 FRs plus a decent number of Geometrids, so carpets, pugs, Willow Beauts etc. What a difference the blue light makes to the type of moths trapped. Discuss...
Dungeness - 0900hrs - Spent the day showing John from the West Midlands around the Peninsula. Started at the Patch where we jammed an adult Roseate Tern amongst 50 Commons, 5 Arctics, 4 Sandwich, Little Gull and Kittiwake. At least 6 Wheatears along the beach, 4 Redshanks out and a Sparrowhawk. At the Obs was good to see the Heligoland in action where a small flock of warblers and tits were caught.
RSPB - 1130hrs - A whistle stop tour of the bird reserve delivered Tree Sparrows at Boulderwall, Great White Egret and Marsh Harriers on Dengemarsh and 3 Whinchats and a Kestrel at the Corral. From Hanson, hundreds of Lapwings, 6 Knots, 6 Dunlins, 4 Little Stints, Blackwit, 10 Little Egrets, 6 Garganeys and 2 Pintails. Above the lake hundreds of gulls, Starlings and hirundines hawking emerging insects, plus a few Yellow Wagtails over.
During the afternoon there appeared to be a passage of Buzzards over the shingle with 13 over the Desert (DB), 2 over Burrowes (PB) and 3 over Lade. A Balearic Shearwater was also seen off shore (TH).