Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Little Gull

Lade - hot, dry and sunny, E2 - The heat wave continues, and with it very little of note on the bird front over the lakes, but quite a few new moths for the year in the garden trap, including two that I don`t get very often: Small Emerald and Bordered Beauty; also last night 10 Least Carpets and two Sussex Emeralds among 32 species of macro. 

                                  Bordered Beauty

                                  Small Emerald

                                  Sussex Emerald

                                 Least Carpet

On the bay a few more Dunlins are starting to trickle through with 30 yesterday, plus 20 Sandwich Terns and, amongst the numerous Black-headed Gulls, five Mediterranean and an adult Little Gull in moult, a fairly typical post-breeding dispersal record for this time of year. On a sadder note, hundreds more boat people have pitched up on the beach these past few days between here and Dungeness; makes you realise just how fortunate most of us are living in a first world country.

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