Tuesday, 9 August 2011

5th-8th August

Little Terns Snettisham RSPB

A new reserve record count, with a total of at least 142 birds, roosting, and fishing over the pits at high tide. Judging from the proportion of Juveniles present (maybe as many as two thirds of the total figure) it would appear that some have managed a decent breeding season!

An adult Black Tern was also seen Friday morning, fishing offshore, along with a group of three drake Scaup, whilst a ringtail Hen Harrier, hunting over the saltmarsh, Sunday morning, was another early arrival. The White-rumped Sandpiper showed well on the Friday, appearing on the mud behind the second hide, before moving to the edge of the saltmarsh in front of the benches, where it was eventually pushed off, into the pits, by the rising tide.

White-rumped Sandpiper Snettisham RSPB

A Pearly Underwing, was a quality catch from the moth trap Saturday night, pushing the macro total to just under 200 for the season. See the moth page for a selection of other recent images.

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