Saturday, 15 August 2015

Returning Cattle Egret

Lade - warm, dry, cloudy, nw 2 - A fresher feel to things this morning due to the wind swinging round to a north-westerly vector. A decent catch of moths in the Plovers trap with the uninspiring White Satin Moth new for the site; also of note five Bordered Straws and four White-points.
Of note in the willow swamp was a migrant Spotted Flycatcher, our first of the autumn, plus several Willow Warblers and Common Whitethroats and a Whimbrel over calling.

                                             White Satin, Plovers

Boulderwall - A Cattle Egret pitched up on the fields at Boulderwall this morning, typically amongst the cows, complementing the two Great White Egrets on Dengemarsh. By the time we arrived this afternoon it was lurking at the back end of Cook`s Pool showing intermittently amongst the reeds. A few Yellow Wagtails went over, as did a Sparrowhawk with prey, while a Grey Heron dispatched a large fish just in front of us.
ARC - From Screen hide just the usual Lapwings, several Common Sandpipers and Little Ringed Plovers, plus a Hobby over chasing Swallows.

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