Wednesday 20 June 2012

Summer`s Over!

Dengemarsh - 0700hrs - cool, sunny, e3 - Whilst surveying Dengemarsh this morning the first 4 returning Green Sandpipers on the flood heralded the end of summer! Also, noted was a flyover Spotted Redshank. Despite all the odds at least one pair of Lapwings had got two chicks to flying stage. Shelduck and Wheatear also seen with juvs. From Springfield Bridge another Green Sandpiper over whilst nattering to MH, plus good views of Bittern and Marsh Harrier having a mid-air tussle; the first 2 fledged harrier juvs were also noted today. Hobby and Peregrine present. At the south end of ARC LRP and RP noted.
A little better on the moth front last night with 17 species in the trap and quite a few outside.
1900hrs - An evening walk down to the ramp (with Mrs PT) from Boulderwall delivered several Hobbies and Marsh Harriers, plus further flight views of the Bittern.

Moths outside the Plovers moth trap last night: Cypress Carpet, Toadflax Pug & Willow Beauty

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