Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Small Ranunculus & Common Sandpipers

Lade - 0600hrs - Muggy, stormy, light airs - Following last nights thunder and lightening show, plus one or two downpours, there was a reduced number of moths in the garden trap; however, a Small Ranunculus was new for the site. This RDBK moth was formerly thought to be extinct but has now turned up across the south-east.

                                 Small Ranunculus

                                Small Dusty Wave

A 1st summer Little Gull on south pit was the first here this year while three Common Sandpipers flitted around the margins.
ARC - From Hanson hide the usual motley collection of world weary birders, gulls and wildfowl, plus two Common Sandpipers, six Dunlins and 100 Lapwings. The Water Rails and Dabchicks seemed to have found their voices again and on the walk back to the car park a small flock of Long-tailed Tits worked the willows.
Lade North - 1600hrs - Three more Common Sandpipers around the margins, plus Sparrowhawk, Whimbrel and Blackwit over.

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