Lade - warm, dry and sunny, sw 5-6 - A sultry night delivered another decent haul of moths in the garden trap with both Buff-tip and Foxglove Pug new for the year. There was a much cooler feel to the weather for our morning circuit of the local patch as a fresh wind off the Atlantic picked up throughout the day.
Predictably, a large mixed flock of House Martins, Swallows and a few Swifts came and went over south lake, otherwise it was slim pickings due to the buffeting wind with many passerines seeking shelter.
This afternoon, on a falling tide, we checked the shorebirds on the bay. Apart from the usual non-breeding Curlews and Oystercatchers few others were noted apart from five Ringed Plovers, 10 Sanderlings, 10 Barwits and two splendid Grey Plovers in full breeding plumage.