Monday, 28 May 2018

Rosy Starling!

 Rosy Starling
As I left home for the beach a Cuckoo was calling from the wires in the field opposite, and a couple of Yellow Wagtails were chasing around. The early morning sea watch was very slow with just a few each of Sandwich and Common Terns, Gannets and Common Scoter, also 8+ Harbour Porpoises.
From Dennis's a couple of Grey Plovers, 3 Sanderling and 3 Little Gulls were the highlights.
While emptying the moth trap at home mid morning DW called telling me he'd just seen a Rose-coloured Starling fly from West Beach into the trapping area. AJG and SO were already in the trapping and had relocated the bird just before I arrived. It spent most of it's time deep in the Sallows devouring the many Caterpillars and Frog hoppers. The only other migrant I saw was a Spotted Flycatcher.

 A Mother Shipton by the observatory
52 Plutella xylostella in the Plodland MV today

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