Warm, dry and sunny, SE 2 - Another glorious morning with warm sunshine throughout. I started at Scotney where the usual hoards of Lapwings, Golden Plovers, Wigeon, Cormorants, gulls and feral geese were present on the main front lakes and margins, along with several Curlew, Redshank, Ruff and a Green Sandpiper (the drake Long-tailed Duck was also seen by MC). At Galloways a skulking Dartford Warbler could be heard in the scrub by the layby along with a few Meadow Pipits, Stonechats, Skylarks and Linnets elsewhere; also, five Kestrels and a Merlin chasing a Skylark. There was little on offer at ARC from Hanson hide, although I didn`t stay for long as news came through of a trapped Ring Ouzel at the Obs, which I just managed to see (thanks to the staff for putting out the news). As the wind was from the fabled south-east I tried a seawatch from the boats but there was little movement with just 20 Razorbills, six Mediterranean Gulls and a Kittiwake noted in 45 minutes.
It was a successful night in the garden moth trap with a Scarce Bordered Straw new for the site and yet another Vestal.