Bittern over DengemarshAt a chilly windy Dengemarsh this morning several Hobby's hawking over the hayfields, a Bittern put in a brief flyby with another booming regularly nearby. Overhead with the Hobby's plenty of Swifts, House Martins and Swallows, a pair of Marsh Harriers doing spectacular food passes. A pair of Egyptian Geese were on the flood and at least 2 Lapwing chicks in the hayfields, also a Black-tailed Godwit. 2 of the 3 Tern rafts have been commandeered by pairs of Common Gulls. At the ramp a Cuckoo calling unseen as were the Bearded Tits. The wind picked up as the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped causing the Hobby's to settle on the fence posts and pose for the camera.
Reed WarblerThis afternoon I spent another hour watching the Reed Warblers build there nest, ripping Reed Mace apart to line it but no Cuckoo there today. A late afternoon walk to the Water Tower found another 6 Hobby's over the ARC along with 100+ Swifts. From the screen the Swallows are still sitting, Little and Great-crested Grebes, a Marsh Harrier were seen but little else of note.
HobbyOther news was of a Nuthatch seen briefly this afternoon near The point by one observer, representing the second record for the peninsular.
Just 2 moths last night including this Bordered Straw.