Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mini-beast hunt

Lade - warm, cloudy, SW 3 - 0800hrs -  Twenty species of macros in the garden MV this morning included Silver-ground Carpet, new for the year and only my third record. All quiet over the local patch, although news of a Bee-eater flying around the point had me carefully scanning the skies back towards Dungeness. Fast developing thunderclouds from the west promised a dousing, but eventually petered out to a short splash of rain followed by clearing clouds and bright sunshine.

                                Thunderclouds over Dungeness

Dungeness - 1000hrs - A visit to the bird reserve was mainly to carry out a mini-beast survey for our grandson`s homework. In amongst the creepy crawlies were plenty of damsels and a few dragonflies, Smooth Newts and a Grass Snake.
  The highlight on Burrowes was a fine Curlew Sandpiper in russet breeding plumage. A Great White Egret flew over by Boulderwall and a Hobby over ARC. 

                                Common Blue

                                Four-spotted Chaser
                                Common Gull on nest box

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