Sunday, 30 June 2013

June Update

During June despite the Roller in Holt and the Pacific Swift in Suffolk I just haven't managed to get out birding much. All the good stuff appeared while i was at work or otherwise engaged! I have however managed to run the moth trap more frequently if only for a few hours at a time because of the threat of overnight rain.

12th - Marston Marshes was particularly quiet however a few orchids on Eaton Common brightened the walk along with the regular Kingfishers in the area and close views of a Green Woodpecker eating ants.

17th - Thorpe Station Marsh / Carey's Meadow - The orchids at Eaton encouraged me to go to Carey's Meadow, where i found only two spikes, at least four different species are present on site so i was very disappointed. On the Marshes at least 4 Male Reed Bunting where singing. Lots of Warblers about though  only briefly seen now that everything is finally thick with leaves. Garden, Cetti's, Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper Warbler all seen along with Whitethroat and Blackcap.

18th - Strumpshaw Fen - A belated Father's Day outing. A distant Osprey was seen towards Rockland, 3 Common Sandpiper from Tower Hide and 2 Swallowtail on Lackford Run covers the highlights, but all the normal stuff was about. 3 different broods of Blackcap being feed was nice to see. I also managed to walk straight past the Bee Orchids near the reception hide! Lunch at the Fur and Feather in Woodbastwick meant i also got to try Woodforde's 'new' ale Bure Gold which went down a treat in the sun. 

Moths - New Garden Moths included Mottled Pug (7th), Common Swift (7th), Pinion Streaked Snout (11th), White-Spotted Pug (11th), Treble Lines (16th), Lime Hawk (21st), Poplar Grey (21st), Clouded Silver (29th), Buttoned Snout (29th) and Small Clouded Brindle (29th). 

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