Sunday, 16 August 2020

Migrations kicking off 15th and 16th August

 Been a very good weekend  on the patch, picking a spot on the edge of Hollesley. 

Highlights were 

7+ Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat lots of Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Juv Redstart, Wheatear, 3 Whimbrel, 9 Ringed plover, 4 Dunlin, Sandwich and Common terns. 1st summer Yellow Legged Gull on Shingle.

Best highlight was finding a cracking Wasp Spider.

Finally a patch and Garden tick with a Raven going over calling. 

Garden and Gull Billed Tern

 More stuff in the garden with Lesser Stag Beetle and Dark Bush Cricket

Best butterflies in the garden, Grayling, Painted Lady, Holly blue. Red Admiral. Small tortoises, Gatekeeper. Large White. Peacock.

9th August 
First proper twitch for a long old time, only the other side of the river though and Alton Water for an Adult Gull billed Tern. It was red hot making it uncomfortable and the heat haze made my photos crap but heres the best i got.

Back at Boyton a nice Common Seal on the beach.

August 2020 Ramsholt Flash

1st August
Had a look at the superb flash again at Ramsholt, 12 Spoonbill showing really well. Had a dragonfly looking like a Lesser emperor, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 5 Greensand, 1 Spotted Redshank. 1 Ruff, 3 Whimbrel. 2 Black Swan. 150 Black tailed godwit and a puring Turtle Dove. Finished with a nice pub lunch

July 2020

Female Stag Beetle at work and Tanners Long horn Beetle too.

A walk around Upper Hollesley Common where Crossbills were moving, total of 42.

First day back at the Hollelsey pub and 2 Hobbys were catching House Martins. 

Boyton, 4 Whimbrel, Spoonbill, Greensand, Cuckoo still, Barn Owl. Water rail may be a patch tick

A Sooty Tern was seen up the coast so belted it to the patch in hope of it passing Hollesley, Half four to 6pm no sooty tern unfortunately but adult and juv Med Gulls, 3 Whimbrel and 17 Common Tern.

In the garden whilst going through the moth trap, Common sand, Siskin, Bullfinch and Whithroat. Flock of Crossbill 4 Adult Med gulls circling the garden ant catching.

Just had to share this Lunar Hornet Moth to lure in the garden. Stunning and a first for me certainly in the UK saw something similar in Majorca some years ago. 

Found some Woolley Aphids too.

Female Southern Hawker joined me in the house.

25th July 

Had a long weekend Camping, yes you guessed it Kelling Heath. Great weekend although not much seen on the heath bird wise. Silver Studded Blues and Graylings were nice though.

Cley and East bank had Juv Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, 27 Black Tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.

Wells next to sea flash was brilliant with 3 Garganey, 4 LRP, 1 Greenshank, 6 Greensand and  2 Med gull.

Potter Heigham on the way home 7 Spoonbills and a few Male Ruffs

Back home and 6 Cattle Egret at Boyton. 

30th July a visit again to Upper Hollesley common where i found a cracking Slow worm.

Back in the garden Amblyteles armatorius

Hydrophilus piceus Great Silver Water Beetle. Found in the moth trap, 2nd this year