Tuesday, 31 May 2011

May 31st 2011

Just showed how bad yesterday’s conditions were when we re-located the Red-breasted Merganser off the inlet and it was obviously a first summer male.

No sign of yesterday’s Sanderling and sightings of note included 400 Swift (we did keep an eye out for Alpine after a heads up of a probable in the West Midlands - cheers A), 5 Sand Martin which is uncommon for here at this time of year, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and 9 Buzzard when the sun came out. Successful breeding included families of Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and Canada Geese while a check on the growing Mute Swan flock produced 47 birds.
Bob is back from his break so had him slaving away over my moths and both Hobby and Raven flew over the garden early afternoon. Although lasts night catch was smaller I managed 21 species including 63 Heart & Dart out of 91 moths.

Common Marbled Carpet

Shoulder-stripe Wainscot

Clouded Border Brindle

Middle-barred Minor

all the good photos by Bob Hazell - the one not so good taken with my box brownie


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