Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Lade  - cool, dry and sunny, s 2 - Despite a cool night with clear spells it was surprisingly busy in the garden moth trap this morning with 15 species including Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Bird`s Wing, Silver Y, White Point and Bordered Sallow. The local patch was quiet apart from a few Swifts and House Martins high over the Willow Swamp.

                                Bird`s Wing

                                  White Point

                                  Bordered Sallow
                                A second Bee Orchid, Lade

  Stopped off at Littlestone late morning to pay homage to the male Serin that continues his lonely lament for a mate atop a clump of fir trees opposite the entrance to the golf club.

                                Serin, Littlestone

  An evening visit to the bird reserve in fine weather, firstly from the Screen hide delivered our first Green Sandpiper of the return passage, plus three 1st summer Little Gulls. Also Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Hobby, Marsh harrier and a flyover Bittern. No new passage waders on Burrowes, and a Mediterranean Gull bathing in front of Firth hide. 

                                Mediterranean Gull from Firth hide

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