Monday, 26 June 2017

Peach Blossom

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, e 2 - For some unknown reason Peach Blossom has not before graced the Plovers MV, until last night that is when one settled on the summer house door by the trap. One of our smartest moths, although this one was not a particularly fresh specimen. Also of note the brightly coloured micro-moth Agapeta hamana.
  By the ponds at least 25 spikes of the localised biennial White Mullein was something of a record count. Plenty of Brown Hawkers were warming up here and on the dry scrub.

                                Peach Blossom, new for the Plovers trap site

                                Agapeta hamana,  a common Tortrix moth

                                Brown Hawker, a common dragonfly across Lade

                               White Mullein, a good year for this spectacular plant

                                          Red Hemp Nettle, Dungeness

Dungeness - 0715hrs - Down at the Patch a melee of mostly Herring and Black-headed Gulls over the boil, plus several Common Terns was about it. A few Gannets and Sandwich Terns drifted by offshore, plus two Common Scoters, several coasting Swallows and an inbound Grey Heron.
1500hrs - An hour from the boats this afternoon in glorious sunshine delivered similar fare to this morning, Gannets and Sandwich Terns, plus a Grey Seal.
1900hrs - Called in at the Screen hide on ARC this evening on the way back from the allotment where we had flight views of a Bittern.

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