Monday, 10 March 2014

Shame - a lot cooler

A lot cooler than yesterday with cloud cover and a cool north west wind which surprisingly considering we couldn’t find it yesterday suited the Great-northern Diver which came in very close to farborough spit. Both Long-tailed Duck and Smew were distantly off hensborough and at least 8 Snipe were on the scrape. At least 100 Fieldfare and 50 Redwing between scrape and country park.

Decided to trawl the grandborough valley which turned out to be virtually devoid of birds with a few Stock Dove and one flock 200+ Fieldfare near Napton on the Hill till we approached Willoughby when a Red Kite was found hunting the old air strip field just outside the village before it drifted towards Sawbridge. Hopefully it was Fridays bird hanging around. Just as we approached the A45/Sawbridge junction 80 Golden Plover flew over.
Yesterday’s warm weather meant a good arrival of moths with both Dave and I recording good numbers of Common Quaker and Clouded Drab. I had my first Early Grey and Hebrew Character of the year while Dave had Small & Twin-spot Quaker plus micro Epermenia chaerophyllella.

Twin-spotted Quaker

Epermenia chaerophyllella
No butterflies seen today despite the cloud clearing late afternoon


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