Tuesday 8 September 2015

White-winged Tern again

Lade - cool, sunny, n 3 - Nothing much of note out back apart from an increase in Mipit numbers with at least 100 grounded on the shingle ridges along with 20 Yellow Wagtails. A large female Peregrine was cruising over the Desert and beyond the `mirrors` scattering all in her wake.

                                   White-winged Tern, ARC

ARC  - From the causeway road the juvenile White-winged Tern had returned and also paused a while on one of the remaining islands in front of Hanson hide, alongside 50 Goldies, Lapwings and a Ruff. Two Black Terns were further out, plus a summer plum Black-necked Grebe on the water and a Merlin being chased by a crow over the far bank.

                               Common Darter and Speckled Wood, Willow Trail

The Willow Trail was alive with common dragonflies and butterflies warming up in the sun traps and Common Lizards on the boardwalk. Several tits, Robins, Wrens, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and a Spotted Flycatcher were in the scrub, plus a stunning Firecrest. 

                                Stonechat and Wheatear, Return Trail

Burrowes - Pretty quiet here with just a Great White Egret of noted. The Red-backed Shrike was absent from its usual spot by the return trail where Stonechat and Wheatear noted. Another Great White Egret was in the fields at Boulderwall.

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