Friday, 16 August 2013

Gold Spot

Lade - 0500hrs - mild, cloudy, w 1 - Bounced out of bed like a puppy dog this morning at the prospect of a muggy night filling up the moth trap; as it was still dark, I even managed to beat the local Blackbird to his breakfast. An hour later the trap was emptied with only a Gold Spot of any note amongst the 32 species, but what a little cracker. A drowsy Migrant Hawker had also settled on the trap.
A trickle of Willow Warblers were present in local gardens, while a Hobby dashed over scattering Mrs PT`s Starlings. Migrants of note over the pits were a single Yellow Wagtail and two Swifts south. All the usual wildfowl on south lake, plus the long-staying Red-crested Pochard and Black-necked Grebe,

                                         Gold Spot, Lade

ARC - All the usual passage waders in front of Hanson, which included 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 5 LRP, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Ruff and Green Sandpiper. Several Willow Warblers noted around the hide and 50 Sand Martins over the water. From Screen hide 2 Snipe and several more Common Sandpipers, Golden Plovers and Lapwings. The Water Rails again gave tantalising views between the two reedbeds.

                                Water Rail, ARC

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