Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Thick and fast

Never a phrase that could be applied to me, well certainly not the fast part, however that is the pace that the last week has taken with summer migrant arrivals, and not before time! This evening (18th) on Mappins' a cracking male Little Ringed Plover and a Golden Plover, along with a pair of Shoveler, half a dozen Teal, Swallow, and Yellow Wagtail. Reed and Sedge Warblers were chuntering away pretty much constantly despite the cold wind and my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was singing behind the factory in Lower Dicker today. The weekend was pretty quiet however a pair of Wheatear on the 16th and yesterdays summer plumaged Red Necked Grebe found by Jake Everitt at Arlington reservoir helped to smarten up the year list as did House Martin at Brick Farm on the 17th whilst fishing with Rich. The Red Necked was the first summer plumage bird I have seen since three displaying at Weirwood reservoir in the early eighties, well worth the walk.
On the moth front the cold nights have resulted in low counts however the 9th was notable with singles of Chocolate Tip, Lunar Marbled Brown, and Streamer, the former two pictured below.

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