Lade/Dungeness - hot, dry and sunny, NE 2 - A weekend of hot dry weather with only a light breeze off the sea. We haven't had any `proper` rain down here for weeks now and the Desert is living up to its name, being desiccated with hardly any greenery surviving the suns rays; a Brown Hare loping across the Lade section this morning was the first I`ve seen for a while.
On the sands Sandwich Tern numbers have begun to increase as the juveniles disperse, while a flock of eight adult Knots in various stages of breeding plumage were new in. Dunlins too have increased over the past few days with 30 counted today.
Moth trapping in the garden has yielded three more Sussex Emeralds.
On the bird reserve not much change from last week with a scattering of returning waders on both Burrowes and ARC including Greenshank, Wood and Common Sandpipers, Ruff and Little Ringed Plover.