Tuesday 28 April 2020

Swifts and hirundines

Lade - Lockdown Day 36 - cool, wet, ne 3 - A complete contrast to yesterdays sunshine as a band of low cloud delivered a welcome dollop of rain to a bone hard peninsula this morning (14.5mm recorded at Littlestone by OL). As last night was still and cloudy, and the rain didn't get going until dawn, there was a big improvement in the garden moth trap (which wouldn't be difficult!) with both Eyed Hawk- moth and Toadflax Brocade new for the year amongst 10 moths.
  Our daily exercise walk was delayed until the rain cleared this afternoon, by which time the wind had picked up along with a drop in temperature. However, the rain did deliver 20 Swifts, 50 House Martins and 30 Swallows over south lake.

                                Toadflax Brocade and Eyed Hawk-moth

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