Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Again not many moths to report. Made the weekly trip to Dunge today where the weather was excellent. We started at the ARC where a Little Gull, Common Tern and Black-necked Grebe were seen at the south enf of the pit. Across the road a Slavonian Grebe showed on the New Diggings. Round to the Lighthouse Garden where 2 Blackcaps and a few Chiffchaffs were present and a Swallow was in the area. The was little at the Patch when we got there but my first Sandwich Tern of the year flew past. The Trapping area produced another Swallow, a fine male Redstart, some singing WillowWarblers and Chiffchaffs, while a Sparrowhawk circled overhead. A Wheatear was near the Fishing Boats. Back at the north end of the ARC Pit after lunch a Pied Flycatcher was a good find-my first at Dunge for 13 years. Overhead we counted 4 Buzzards and 3 Marsh Harriers, while at least 12 Little Gulls were over the water. we then crossed the road to the rest of the RSPB Reserve, where 6 Sand Martins were over Burrows Pit, a singing Lesser Whitethroat showed briefly between Hookers and the Ramp, and a Bittern "boomed" a bit further along towards Boulderwall. The Mining Bees were active near the Dennis Hide where several Green Tiger Beetles were also seen.

 Pied Flycatcher

 Willow Warbler

 Green Tiger Beetle

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