Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sand Martins and a Golden Plover

A quiet morning at The Patch probably not helped by the anglers fishing there. c20 Common Terns there including a 1st summer individual, 17 Common Scoter flew east, also a few Gannets and at least 3 Harbour Porpoises.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier flew around the power station and the observatory.
At the ARC from Hanson c50 Sand Martins moved through, a flock of c100 Lapwings flew in cramming onto the the few bits of island that are now growing larger by the day, still lots of the common wildfowl on view there.
This afternoon a wander around the Scotney complex found 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Avocets, 2 Curlew, a Dunlin and the first returning Golden Plover. On the wires opposite Scotney Court Farm c400 Sand Martin, in the field 10+ Yellow Wagtails and 7 Corn buntings.
Early evening an the reserve found 2 Black-necked Grebes, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Mediterranean Gull. 
 Lapwing from Makepiece

Below a few moths from the Plodland trap
 Grass Eggar (male)
 Small Fanfoot
 Epiblema foenella ?
Drinker (female)

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