Monday 27 May 2013

Breeding Bird Survey

Lade - 0600hrs - cool, dry, sunny, ne 2 - With bright sunshine and light airs what better morning to carrying out a survey of the breeding birds of Lade and Kerton Road Pits. In all 47 species recorded as breeding including 5 species each of waders and warblers. Couldn't find a Wheatear this year and Mipits were down to just 2 pairs, but Cuckoos were, once again, much in evidence.
As for passage birds a Greenshank over calling and a few Swallows hurrying north was about it.
There were six species of moth in the trap this morning including Muslin Moth which was new for the year.
ARC - 1700hrs - An evening walk down to Screen hide delivered a drake Garganey on the lake and a couple of Hobbies. Small Heath butterflies noted along the track with Blue-tailed Damselflies  by the hide.

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