Monday, 1 September 2014


Lade - warm, dry and sunny, cloudy later, w 2 - After the excitement of yesterday, and clear overnight skies, many migrants had shipped out leaving a return to more `normal` levels of chats and common warblers across storm beaches and around the willow swamp. Hirundine and Yellow Wagtail numbers too were well down.
In the garden moth trap though 23 species including Silver Ys, White-points and a Yellow Shell.
At the Kerton Road Café a rare migrant was on show a, Cosmopolitan.

                                    Wheatear, Lade

                                     Cosmopolitan, KRC

                               Yellow Shell, Lade

Burrowes - The lake was full of common wildfowl, including Black-necked Grebe, Teal and Wigeon, plus a large flock of Cormorants working together to catch fish. Waders scattered around the islands included two each of Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Dunlin and singles of Greenshank and Wood Sandpiper. A Curlew Sandpiper was also reported here, plus Glossy Ibis on the hay fields and a Common Redstart in the car park scrub. On ARC the same waders as over the weekend.
Lade - 1800hrs - Plenty of shorebirds, terns and gulls on the beach with 24 Ringed Plovers being of note.
Thought for the day - One hundred years ago today Martha, a captive North American Passenger Pigeon, expired in Cincinnati Zoo, so ending one of the most infamous mass, human induced bird extinctions of modern times.
In another 100 years I wonder how many more bird species will have gone the way of Martha, including the Turtle Dove...

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