Saturday, 10 August 2013

A Distant Falcon

Lade -0600hrs - warm, dry, sunny, sw 2-4 - Small Blood-vein and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were new for the year in the garden moth trap this morning. Other noteworthys included Toadflax Brocade, Webb`s Wainscot and 42 Silver Ys.

                                         Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

                                Small Blood-vein, Lade

                                       Webb`s Wainscot, Lade

Whilst working in the garden late morning the Starlings started chipping away their raptor alarm call. I grabbed the bins and scanned around and up into the cloud base, just as I was about to give up I noticed a tiny shape `miles` up which turned out to be a falcon, probably a Peregrine - keen eye sight those Starlings.
ARC  - 1600hrs -  Called in the Screen hide on the way back from the allotment where a single Garganey amongst the dabblers, 6 Little Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers and 3 Greenshanks. Most impressive of all though was the hundreds of Sand Martins feeding low over the lake in an increasing south-westerly blow. Wood Sandpiper and Black-necked Grebe were reported `over the road`.

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