Saturday 2 July 2016

The Hornet in the moth trap this morning was definitely a first! Also 70 moths of 24 species with The Coronet and Burnished Brass new for the year. Experienced a very blustery and drizzly day at Dunge  today. We struggled to see much but a Cuckoo was still calling at the ARC pit where there were good numbers of Swifts and all 3 Hirundines. At the Patch 5 Med.Gulls were noted plus 20 Gannets and a Painted Lady Butterfly. A couple of Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Ringed Plovers were seen on the main part of the RSPB Reserve. The best bird of the day was the Spoonbill at nearby Scotney, where a Little Owl showed well and Corn Bunting and Yellow Wagtail were also seen. The Spoonbill remained asleep for most of the afternnon.

The Coronet

 Spoonbill in usual pose

 Little Owl at Scotney Farm

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