Thursday, 23 June 2016

No moth trap last night due to rain. Made the weekly trip to Dunge today. Bright sunshine most of the day but generally quiet for birds. We started on ther ARC Pit where there were 13 Long-tailed Tits on the wires and bushes near the Pines and 2 Hobbies, a Cuckoo and 2 Egyptian Geese. Later in the day both Speckled and Great Green Bush-crickets were seen on the Willow Trail. In the latter's case it was not the final instar. My first Brown Hawker of the year was also noted. On the main part of the RSPB Reserve in the afternoon the Cattle Egret in summer plumage showed quite well but distantly with cattle on Hayfield 2. A Little Egret, 3 Hobbies and 2 Marsh Harriers were noted. There were also good numbers of Four-spotted Chasers and Common Blue Damselflies in the area plus 100s of Silver Y moths. 

 Great Green Bush-cricket nymph and exuviae

 Four-spotted Chaser

 Long-tailed Tit (juv.)

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