Wednesday 16 May 2018

White Spot

Lade - cool, cloudy, NNE 5 - A cool breezy day delivered a small flock of Swifts and Swallows over the Willow Swamp, plus five prospecting Common Terns over south lake. All the usual warblers and Cuckoos still in place, but yet again very few Linnets on site.
  The garden moth trap was surprisingly good with the first White Spots of the spring and something of a Dungeness speciality, plus Light Brocade and Blood-vein also NFY.

                                White Spot, Plovers

Dungeness - A guided walk for RSPB around the circular trail centred mainly on plants as the strong wind kept many passerines in cover; although Lesser and Common Whitethroats, Sedge, Reed and Cetti`a Warblers were either seen or heard. On Burrowes, 12 Curlews, five Turnstones, three Barwits, five Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks and two Dunlins were the pick of the waders, where Wigeon, Shoveler, Egyptian Goose and plenty of Common Terns also noted. At Dengemarsh, Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret, Hobby, Pochard, Swifts, Cuckoo and `booming` Bittern.
Littlestone - A scan of the beach this evening revealed several hundred each of Oystercatchers and Curlews, 20 Barwits, 15 Grey Plovers, 10 Ringed Plovers and 10 Dunlins.

                       Grizzled Skipper and Small Copper from yesterday, Trapping Area

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