Tuesday 19 August 2014

Archer`s Dart

Lade - 0600hrs - cool, cloudy, w 3 - Despite being chilly last night at least the wind backed off attracting a few moths to light, including a smart Archer`s Dart, a Gallium Carpet and an influx of 12 White-points. Several Willow Warblers moved through the garden fir trees, while both Greenshank and Yellow Wagtail went over calling heading south.
On the margins of south lake, two Common Sandpipers and a flock of eight Redshanks.

                                       Archer`s Dart, Lade

ARC - A decent selection of wildfowl and waders on show from Hanson hide where more islands are steadily emerging as the water level drops. Wader highlights were up to nine Blackwits, two each of Ruff, Dunlin and Redshank, 10 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwings and singles of Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. Also of note Black-necked Grebe and Garganey, plus hundreds of Sand Martins over the lake.
Cockles Bridge - Joined a small throng of birders at the bridge staring up into the cloud base at a distant speck which, through the `scope, proved to be a narrow-winged ringtail harrier, presumably the Monty`s, that eventually drifted away high to the north.

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