Friday, 5 August 2016


The wader roost on the main pool in the park's grazing fields on Sunday 31st comprised 150 redshank, 12 black-tailed godwits and 5 lapwing. In the trees by the pond 31 little egrets were counted at the morning high-tide roost.
Three whimbrel, 3 sand martins and 3 green woodpeckers were also noted at the park on Sunday.
A common seal was offshore from the park on Saturday 30th.

A passage of 200 swifts flew west over the car park on Wednesday 27th.

On the mudflats by the park in the evening of Tuesday 26th there were 200 black-tailed godwits, 3 whimbrel, 10 dunlin, 8 golden plover, 5 common terns and 16 little egrets.
From the hide at dusk a barn owl was hunting the grass field to the north and a little owl flew past the hide as it got dark on Tuesday.

In the recently cultivated arable fields near Waldegraves 1000 starlings were feeding, many of them lined up on the wires.

A red admiral basked on the door of the bird-hide at the park on Sunday 31st. Several have been seen on the wing in the last few days.

After a recent run of very good years for numbers of the six-spot burnet moth, this summer hardly any have been seen. This one pictured on Saturday 30th is only the third one noted here this year, compared with daily sightings last year of 25+.

A couple of moth traps were put out at the park on the 26th on a warm but breezy night. By dawn the next day 300 individuals of 55 species of macro were logged, including this pebble hook-tip.

One iron prominent was found pictured above, as were pale prominent, swallow prominent and coxcomb prominent.
Other moths of note were festoon, drinker, least carpet, peppered moth, ruby tiger, fen wainscot, lesser spotted pinion, sandhill rustic and a silver-Y.

The micro moth the sulphur pearl was of interest, the first one of the season here.

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