Friday 5 August 2022

Ringed Plovers

 Lade Bay - warm, dry and sunny, NW4 - With a brisk wind out of the north and bright sunshine, perhaps not the best weather conditions to check the bay on a falling tide this morning. However, from four points around the bay the following approximate counts of seven species of waders were: 600 Oystercatcher, 250 Curlew, 50 Dunlin, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, three Knot, two Sanderling and a flock of 52 Ringed Plovers roosting on the beach that were probably of the smaller, darker brown Tundra race. Also noted 120 Sandwich Terns and 20 Mediterranean Gulls. The Kerton Road quarry produced 50 Lapwings and a Common Sandpiper amongst the usual breeding Oystercatchers and loafing gulls. Very quiet around the bird reserve with a Black-tailed Godwit, two Dunlins and five Little Ringed Plovers on Burrowes; four Cattle Egrets in Boulderwall fields; a Greenshank, two Redshanks, two Little Ringed Plovers and the usual wildfowl, egrets and ibises on ARC from Hanson hide.

                                  Tundra Ringed Plovers, Lade beach

                                  Sandwich Terns, Lade Bay

                                  Rosy Footman

                                  Yellow-barred Brindle

New moths in the garden trap this week included Least Yellow Underwing, Yellow-barred Brindle and Rosy Footman, although numbers are somewhat down on last week due to the windy nights.

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