Spent the last couple of evenings with Kojak staking out the farmlands for a Black Tern- they seem to be everywhere apart from on our patch. Seems to be a good inland passage of shorebirds at the moment but the best we could muster up was a Ringed Plover past the obs window yesterday morning.
However what we have noticed happening is a lot of chicks are out now, hot out the nest and best of all we've got Shelduck and Lapwing young around already. Also we've got the first ever Egyptian Geese chicks on site, the first breeding record, although not sure if that is good news or bad news. Had the first juv Robin today too.
The first Black-tailed Skimmers are out now and the diversity in the moth trap is picking up a bit- 'new for years' recently include Maiden's Blush, Light Emerald, Common Swift, Notecelia cynosbatella, Angle shades, White Ermine, Marbled Minor, Small Dusty Wave and Tinea Trinotella,
Male Shelduck and hot chick
Another hot one recently out the nest- Juvenile Robin. Also had the first flock of Long-tailed Tits moving along the railway today- presumably the first family parties.
Female Black-tailed Skimmer
Maiden's Blush- in addition to the 'new for years' also another Orange Footman, more Shuttle-shaped and Heart and Darts, Pale Mottled Willows and another Turnip Moth
A poorly marked Common Swift- presumably a male