Thursday, 23 May 2013

Winter returns

Lade - cool, sunshine and showers, nw 3 - With the temperature dipping to 7C just after dawn it was no surprise that there was little moth activity around the trap last night. However, of the paltry 6 species Lime Speck Pug and Pebbled Prominent were new for the year and another Brimstone was trapped.
Very quiet over the pits with a cold, blustery north-westerly suppressing both bird song and insect activity.


                                Pebble Prominent

Lade - 1600hrs - Following news of a Bee-eater over Boulderwall (SB) heading north I checked out the Desert and the rough ground behind the `mirrors` without success. However, there was plenty of Cuckoo activity while a male Whinchat was a bonus perched atop gorse in Mockmill Sewer. The cold and rain had driven down 100 Swifts and 50 House Martins over south pit.

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