Friday, 9 September 2016

Numbers remain quite high in the trap but the only new species for the year was a Humming-bird Hawk Moth in the garden yesterday. Today at Dunge highlights were a Black-necked Grebe on the ARC pit and at the Fishing Boats around 4 Arctic Skuas were hanging around chasing the Sandwich Terns which were constantly passing by. Two Black terns and a Gannet were also noted. On the main part of the RSPB reserve after lunch the Cattle Egret showed on a couple of occasions with cows near Bouderwall farmhouse, and 3 Great White Egrets were on Burrows with another on Dengemarsh. Two more Black Terns and a few waders were seen including: Greenshank, Little Stints, Dunlin, Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpipers and a Ruff. However the best was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper which was found by my friend on the islands from the Makepeace Hide. It was a bit distant with the sun behind it-record shot below. A Marsh Frog was in a pool in the middle of the footpath by Hayfield 2, and a Clouded Yellow was noted on the return trail.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 Marsh Frog

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