Saturday, 4 August 2018

Pied Flycatcher

Lade - warm, dry, sunny, N 3 - Following a balmy night it was no surprise to find a decent number of moths in the garden trap this morning; 34 species of macros to be exact, including Rest Harrow, Gold Spot and a tatty Small Rufous which was new for the site.
  Plenty of birds on south lake this morning with Green and Common Sandpipers around the margins and a Greenshank that flew off calling loudly towards the water tower. At least 20 Common Terns were plucking small fry from the water, a Great White Egret flew over the willow swamp and a pulse of 50 Sand Martins went south. Around the ponds a family of Cetti`s Warblers were being unusually showy and at least two Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat moved through cover.

                                Gold Spot

Dungeness - Called in at Hanson hide around noon where several each of Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover, my first six Golden Plovers of the season amongst the Lapwings, a Wood Sandpiper, another Great White Egret and two Garganeys. On Burrowes six Avocets and a Black Tern from Firth hide.
  A message from DB told of a Pied Flycatcher on the estate which conveniently showed as soon as I arrived. Another was reported from Galloways this morning.

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