Monday, 12 August 2013

Oblique Carpet

Lade - 0600hrs - Warm, dry, sunny, w2 - Very little in the garden trap this morning apart from an Oblique Carpet, a widespread but localised Geometrid and new for the site.
Several Willow Warblers hereabouts this morning and all the usual wildfowl on Lade south, including Black-necked Grebe and Red-crested Pochard.

                                Oblique Carpet, Lade - a site first

ARC - Decent enough from Hanson with 20 Lapwing, 10 Dunlin (6 flying in), 5 LRPs, 4 Common and one Green Sandpiper, Golden Plover and a Greenshank, plus all the usual wildfowl, a Black-necked Grebe, 6 Little Egrets, but not a single Sand Martin. Chaos ensued when a male Peregrine showed up, swooping imperiously over the shingle ridges causing some birds to scatter, others to hunker down and the Coots to scuttle for cover. It eventually settled on the far bank but there remained an air of nervousness amongst the waders and wildfowl.
Elsewhere around the bird reserve today, 10 Willow Warblers in the gully, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Ruff and Black-necked Grebe on Burrowes (MH).

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