Lade - cool, sunny, nw 3 - A nippy old night resulted in a disappointing 12 moths in the Plovers trap, five of which were Dusky Sallows. However, the bright sunshine soon attracted a decent range of insects into the sheltered part of the garden to bask and feed including a pristine Marbled White amongst eight species of butterflies, plus a Six-spot Burnet and plenty of bees on the lavender.
I also noticed our favourite, worn out and tail-less Blackbird enjoying the warm rays in the safety of the Leylandii whilst keeping a close eye on Ginger Jim, Mrs PT`s cat. Also nearby was our first Willow Warbler of the return passage.
Over the pits another Willow Warbler was noted along with two Marsh Harriers and a trickle of southbound Sand Martins.