Wednesday 8 April 2020

`Pink` Moon

Lade - Lockdown Day 16 - warm, dry and sunny, E2 - Another cracking day of weather but not so for migrants as when its clear and still the night before they tend to carrying on inland, by-passing the coastal plain. Around the local patch Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap in song, along with Goldfinch, Linnet, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Stonechat. As the morning warmed up a Red Kite passed over the airfield where it got the full treatment from the local Buzzards.
  On the beach plenty of Sandwich Terns, several Mediterranean Gulls and a Wheatear near the toilet block, which was species number 90 for the Lockdown List. Waders noted include 135 Curlews, 110 Oystercatchers, 155 Sanderlings, 30 Knots, 10 Ringed Plovers, 10 Turnstones and two Grey Plovers.
  For the second night running the garden moth trap was barren.

                               Sanderlings and Turnstone, Lade beach

  This afternoon, whilst queuing up outside Aldi supermarket in Hythe two Common Buzzards drifted along the distant hills, while Chiffchaff and Blackcap sang from Jewson`s yard.

                                   Last night`s `Pink Moon`

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