Saturday, 11 July 2015

A few more waders...

Lade - 0700hrs - warm, dry, sunny, blustery south-westerly increasing through the day - Only 23 species of macro moths in the garden trap this morning but it did include some belters, including the first Sussex Emerald of the summer, plus July Highflyer, Treble Bar and Birds Wing.
Whilst emptying the trap a Whimbrel flew down the coastline calling, our first of the `autumn`.

                                Treble Bar

Scotney - A little disappointing wader wise with just two Green Sandpipers of note flying over the back pits calling. The two `resident` Spoonbills were on an island at the western end (asleep, as usual), while there were plenty of eclipse ducks, feral geese and swans around the margins. A sitting Common Tern and several Black-headed Gulls appeared still to be nesting on one of the islands, but there was no sign of any Avocet activity. Good numbers of farmland passerines included Yellow and Pied Wagtails, Reed and Corn Buntings, Tree Sparrows, Linnets and Skylarks.
On the return walk a Little Owl showed well on a barn.

                                Spot the Little Owl...

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