Friday, May 20, 2016

Diary Update #42

Brandon Marsh seemed strangely devoid of many birds when I arrived this morning for a first look at East Marsh Pool from Wright Hide!!

However, by the time I'd moved around to Teal Hide and East Marsh Hide the numbers had picked up a little with a single Redshank on Teal Pool, plus (3) Shelduck, (2) Little-ringed Plover, single Ringed Plover and (7) Oystercatcher on East Marsh, this includes the three youngsters who seem to be doing well. (6) Mute Swan cygnets remain, (6) Common Tern, and a single Lapwing chick was also recorded. Other highlights included my first Brown Hawker Dragonfly of the year and a Red Kite, which drifted across Alban's Reedbed around 10ish and later a Hobby over the 'Tip' area!

Red-tipped Clearwing Moth
After repairing the Kingfisher perch at West Marsh (please STOP emailing me now!!) I spent a little time with Dave Mount looking for Dragonflies and Butterflies, during which time Dave came across the above Red-tipped Clearwing Moth. Thanks to Paul Cashmore for the ID and it would seem this was an excellent find for the reserve so early in the season, so well done Dave!

Also of interest a few Froghoppers but only a small amount of Butterflies on the wing in the overcast conditions: (2) Green-vein White, (3) Orange Tip, single Red Admiral and (2) Brimstone.