Lade - warm, dry, sunny, w 2 - It was good to get out and about around the local patch this morning in glorious summer sunshine. The Vipers Bugloss along the old conveyor belt line looked absolutely stunning following Monday`s down pour, as did many of the desert flowering plants. On south lake over 200 non-breeding Coots and Mute Swans covered one end, while large flocks of Starlings descended on the margins to feed on masses of flying insects coming off rotting water weed.
Moths on offer from the 23 species of macros in the garden trap included Elephant Hawk, NFY, and the pyralid, Small Magpie. A Mullein moth was munching its way through a plant on the garden border.
ARC - A quick scan from Hanson hide yielded the expected Mute Swans, Coots, grebes and eclipse ducks, plus Cuckoo and Marsh Harrier. The good news for wader aficionados is that the water level is falling fast and islands are starting to appear, just in time for the return passage next month.