Monday 6 August 2012

A Little Bit Of Everything

The water levels on Black Hole Marsh came up over the weekend, with very little mud on show for the weekend visitors/birders to look at. The day before though, last Friday, there were two Wood Sands viewable from the hide looking superb...

They well still be around, just hiding somewhere else!

This morning, the water levels were a bit lower, enough for 14 Blackwits, nine Common Sands, eight Dunlin, three Ringed Plover, two Greenshank, one Lapwing and one Snipe. Also two Gadwall still here.

On Saturday night I had the moth trap out in the back garden. Although nowhere near a massive catch, 88 moths of 35 species was certainly an ok haul. Only one immigrant, a Silver Y, and new species for the year were...

Ruby Tiger

Red Twin-spot Carpet

Crescent Dart - an annual species for the garden

Had a net up in the front garden this morning, a run of birds in the first hour included two juv Bullfinches and two juv Greenfinches. Compared with last year both species are obviously well down on breeding success - but maybe this is a sign there is some late hope?

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