Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Lade - warm, dry, cloudy, se 2 - A humid pulse of air moving up from the south certainly boosted moth numbers in the garden trap these past two nights. While species variety reached 40, migrants were few and far between with Dark Swordgrass, Silver Y and another Scarce Bordered Straw noted. Blood Vein, Canary-shouldered Thorn were all welcome scarcities.

                                Scarce Bordered Straw

Dungeness - We were en-route to the Desert this morning to see a Dotteral found by PB when news came through of its departure. However, ARC was full of birds including two sleeping Spoonbills, several Garganeys, 25 Blackwits and a host of Dunlins, Redshank, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers, plus a cracking Spotted Flycatcher in the willows in front of Hanson hide.
  Over the road the digger was toiling away on the sand bar in front of Firth hide with a mixed flock of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers totally unfazed by the goings on. From Makepeace a number of Sand Martins were resting on one of the new shingle islands as a bank of fog rolled in off the sea. Also noted around the site a Whinchat by Boulderwall, 10 Yellow Wagtails by the Return trail, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier and Great White Egret elsewhere.

                               Digger work in front of Firth hide

                                Spotted Flycatcher


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