The day started well with a garganey seen on the lake near Boulderwall Farm and two black-necked grebes on the ARC pit. A few yellow wagtails and swallows passed through early on and a common buzzard flew over late morning. A greenshank was seen briefly on Burrowes pit, two wheatears were near the boardwalk and a chiffchaff was singing from the car park bushes for most of the day. At about two o’clock one lucky visitor saw an osprey fly over and a cuckoo was heard at Hooker’s pits at dusk.
Archive for April 11th, 2009
Our first whimbrel, cuckoo, whitethroat and lesser whitethroat of the year were all seen yesterday. Other migrants on the move included yellow wagtail, swallow, wheatear, blackcap and chiffchaff. Over 70 sedge warblers were heard across the site. A Dartford warbler was spotted along the return trail and a little owl was seen near Hooker’s pits.
Steve Wheatley’s first Rother Woods Project moth evening of 2009 took place last night at Corkwood Farm, Iden, by kind permission of René Regendanz. Highlights from the five traps were Engrailed (2), Early Thorn (4), Grey Shoulder-knot, Lunar Marbled Brown, Satellite, the dark variety hirschkei of Brindled Pug (2), an early Flame Shoulder, and early migrant Dark Sword-grass and Diamond-back (2). The traps also attracted a couple of Great Silver Beetles from the ponds in René’s wood.