Saturday, 5 April 2014

I was pleased to see 10 moths of 5 species this morning especially as Tawny Pinion was another new one for the garden list, the 2nd addition of the year. Yesterday was spent at Dunge where I caught up with a few spring migrants. There was 1 Sand Martin near the ARC pit and several Common Terns there too. Several Wheatears were in the area of the Fishing Boats and near the Old Lighthouse, plus a Sandwich Tern passed on the sea and another could be seen from Dennis's Hide. A Swallow was seen near the Power Station. A Sedge Warbler was singing on the ARC Pit and there was another on the reserve along the footpath to the Dengemarsh Hide. Also of note, The Slavonian Grebe could be seen from this hide too, and a Black Redstart was on the barn next to Boulderwall Farm. There was also a "wreck" of Sea Mice (a few hundred) near the Fishing Boats. Wikipedia states:

"The sea mouse, Aphrodita aculeata, is a marine polychaete worm found in the North Atlantic, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. The sea mouse normally lies buried head-first in the sand".

Tawny Pinion

Tawny Pinion

 Sedge Warbler

 Sea Mouse

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