Wednesday 12 August 2020

Pied Flycatcher

 Lade - hot and humid, E2 - An early morning shower of drizzle whilst doing the round of the local patch did the trick, grounding a Greenshank, four Common and two Green Sandpipers across the site, plus another Greenshank and a Whimbrel that flew around calling before heading off towards the bird reserve. The bushes by the ponds held several each of Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat, while the Great Crested Grebe in the willow swamp now has four well-grown, stripey young.

                    Great Crested Grebe brood

                              Pied Flycatcher, rear view!

                    Bedstraw Hawk-moth, Lydd-on-Sea

  This afternoon I went in search of a Pied Flycatcher that had been seen in the scrub around Westbeach this morning, a bird that has become increasingly scarce and difficult to come by in recent years down here. However, a clutch of locals already had it pinned down to a gorse thicket where it showed quite well for half an hour or so, at times dropping down on the deck to snap up what appeared to be small crickets, although trying to get a pic of it with a bridge camera was another matter all together! On the way home I called in at the KRC to admire a cracking Bedstraw Hawk-moth from last nights catch and new for the trap site.

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