Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Little Owl

Lade - 0700hrs - mild, cloudy, n 2 -  The best catch of what up until now has been a poor moth trapping season down here on the coast; of the five species the majority were Tawny Shears. Whilst emptying the trap two Cuckoos flew over the garden calling loudly which is pretty unusual.
Over the pits there was further Cuckoo activity with at least four different individuals either cuckooing over the reed bed or hunting caterpillars on the scrub and slumped on overhead wires. At least 50 Swifts over the willow swamp.
RSPB - The Cattle Egret was still among the cows in the field near Boulderwall while the drake Scaup remained on ARC. At the south end singles of LRP, Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egrets, a Hobby and 30 Swifts over the causeway road. The Little Owl showed well this afternoon.
Walland Marsh - After picking up Liz from Ashford station (down for a three day stay from Northumberland) we criss-crossed the Marsh from Warehorne but saw very little apart from a few Yellowhammers, Whitethroats and the like, plus a brown hare near Brenzett.

                                Little Owl

Lade - 1800hrs - An evening visit yielded 2 Med Gulls, Hobby and 2 Marsh Harriers. All the usual warblers singing plus a passage of 50 Swifts northwards.

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