Lade - mild, cloudy, sw 4 - A quiet sort of a weekend with a brisk wind off the Atlantic dominating the weather, although it did relent last night providing a decent moth catch that included a smart Pebble Hook-tip, new for the trap site. The breeze upped the garden butterfly list as Marbled White, Small Heath and Meadow Brown all wafted over from the NNR.
A steady southbound passage of Swifts was underway this morning over the lakes alongside a few Sand Martins. On the dry scrub ridges several family groups of Linnets were warily making their way in the world as a Sparrowhawk was on the hunt.
We walked down to the Tavern this evening, on a falling tide, to check the sands where the main spectacle was provided by at least 1,000 Black-headed Gulls feeding in the gloop. The only passage waders on offer were 10 summer plum Dunlins.
On the bird reserve the Glossy Ibis stayed faithful to the hayfields throughout the weekend.