Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Moth Trap Feeder!

After spending 3 days battling with a flat pack greenhouse (I'm not sure who won) it was good to get out and about.
First stop was The Patch where there was 2 Mediterranean Gulls on the beach, 2 first summer Common Terns with 8+ adults, 4 Sandwich Terns and dozens of Black-headed Gulls, Herring, Lesser Black Backed and Greater Black Backed Gulls. Then the hordes of anglers arrived and flushed everything. The Black Redstart is still singing behind the hide and a Pied wagtail was collecting food off the perimeter wall. 
In the lighthouse garden which is now becoming quite over grown and looking good for migrants 2 juvenile Goldfinches.
 At the observatory the juvenile House Martin was being fed by DW. It has now graduated from Tawny Shears to Dark Arches from last nights catch and seems to be thriving.
At the ARC a Cuckoo was still calling by the track to Hanson, also there many Reed Buntings a family of Sedge Warblers and a Sparrowhawk over. From Hanson 2+ Reed Warblers still singing in front the hide, on the islands which are rapidly appearing 100+ Lapwing, 2 Redshanks, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Terns and many eclipse ducks.
In the screen hide the Swallows still in residence, behind the hide a Hobby over the Tower Pits also a Marsh Harrier and a Bittern flew from the Tower Pits to Boulderwall.
This afternoon watching from the garden listening to the tennis produced the usual Marsh Harriers, a Hobby, a Little Egret and several Oystercatchers calling high overhead.
Islands are now rapidly appearing on Burrowes Pit, hopefully one or two good waders will find them. From Dennis's Hide today 200+ Canada Geese, many eclipse ducks, a Redshank and on the raft behind the hide the pair of Common Gulls have a well grown chick.
This evening a bike ride down Galloways was as expected very quiet. An adult male Marsh Harrier was hunting close to the road, a few Linnets, Common Whitethroats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were seen. In Dengemarsh Road a Yellow Wagtail by the entrance to the race track.

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