Monday, 31 March 2014
The warmest night of the year so far with a low of 10c produced the most moths so far to with: 5 Early Grey, 5 Hebrew Character, 3 Double-striped Pugs, 2 Brindled Pugs, 1 Clouded Drab, and new for year were 2 LBAMs, and my 4th ever record of Early Tooth-striped. Year list now at 20 species.
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Four Hebrew Characters and a Clouded Drab in the trap this morning, before my weekly visit to Dunge, where we struggled a bit. However, one new bird for the year was Garganey from the Makepeace hide where we saw 2 drakes and a female. There was an interesting bee colony near Dennis's hide, which I think are Ashy Mining Bees, several Small Tortoishells were on the wing with 1 Peacock. After lunch we only managed to see the Glaucous Gull near the fishing boats and 32 Yellowhammers at the Tickner Lane seed dump.
Ashy Mining Bee
Monday, 17 March 2014
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Since my last post, I've just had Hebrew Characters, Common Quakers and Clouded Drabs in the trap. Had a day at Dunge today, which started well, with the fog lifting for a beautiful sunny morning. My companion found a Pink-footed Goose near Boulderwall Farm. Marsh Harriers were displaying high up and a Siskin flew overhead. We couldn't find the Green-winged Teal but did see the Slavonian Grebe, drake Scaup and the Long-tailed Duck all on Burrows pit. After lunch however, the fog came pouring in off the sea making things tricky to say the least. We did manage to make out the Black-throated Diver on the New Diggings, and found 3 Black Redstarts along the Dengemarsh Road, where a Grey Wagtail flew past. I was also shown the Mysterious Concrete Man of Dungeness off the Dengemarsh Road. The day finished at the Tickners Lane seed dump where there were about a dozen Yellowhammers in the bushes and a Mink emerged from a ditch and headed along a field margin (no rifle handy).
Monday, 10 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
Three Hebrew Characters in the trap this morning. Had another day at Dungeness today and we struggled to do as well as last Sunday. However, we did see 2 Great White Egrets this time and I had a glimpse of a Bittern landing out of sight on the reserve. Slightly unusual was a Brent Goose with the Greylags on the reserve. A Slavonian Grebe was on Burrows where there was at least 3 Smew plus 1 on the ARC. I didn't manage to see the Glossy Ibis this time but did see the Emu! Water levels on the reserve are as high as I've ever seen them.
Water Level from the Scott Hide
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
No moths again, but this morning bright sunshine tempted me to visit my local wood (Bossenden Wood), where Nuthatches were coming regularly to peanuts. I had short walk into the wood and managed to see all three Woodpeckers (distantly), and a Treecreeper. However, I failed to see a Marsh Tit either at the peanuts or elsewhere.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
No moths since my last post. I has a good but rather windy day at Dungeness today, although we had to work hard to find everything. Highlights included the Glossy Ibis which seen from the road a bit to the north of Boulderwall Farm. Apparently there was an EMU in a pen near there but I managed not to see that! Also the 1st winter Glaucous Gull showed well by the fishing boats after lunch. The Slavonian Gebe was still on the North Pit at Lade and the Black-necked Grebe was on Burrows. There was 5 Little Gulls at the patch and at least one Black-throated Diver on the new Diggings. Surprisingly didn't see a Great White Egret although I believe they're still around.