Monday, 15 August 2016

Enjoying The Sun!

As I drove to the observatory 2 Wheatears flew across the road in front of me by the lighthouse, giving me hope of more migrants. That hope was  short lived. After doing some domestic stuff I went to the reserve and twitched a Ruff!!! unbelievably it is the first I have seen on the peninsular this year, however there was little else to be seen with it.
 Juvenile Herring Gull attached to a what looks like a balloon
While sea watching from the shelter of the fishing boats and basking in the gloriously warm sunshine made for a very pleasant afternoon. A probably doomed Herring Gull flew trailing what looked like a child's balloon, that appeared to either swallowed or entangled around its bill.  appeared.There was was very little moving offshore just a handful of Gannets and Sandwich Terns, a single Fulmar flew east and 70 Sand Martins flew south, 14+ Harbour Porpoises and Grey Seal were also seen. As it was slow going I threw a couple of slices of bread onto the beach, seconds later the juvenile Caspian Gull appeared showing brilliantly, also at least 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull appeared.
 Juv.Caspian Gull

 Juv.Caspian Gull
 Last nights moth haul was abysmal, below are a couple of unusual micro's caught recently.
 Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner a common micro but rare on the peninsular
Metalampra italica another very scarce micro on the peninsular made its way  into the Plodland MV

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