Spent the evening at Oare Marshes. Ebird list HERE
Highlight was a juvenile Arctic Skua chasing Sandwich Terns on the Swale
Juvenile Water Rail
A lot more Shelducks then when I last visited. Presumably the adults have finished their moult gatherings now and are heading to wintering grounds. Quite a few changes since my last visit- very few Ringed Plover and Dunlin now.
Turnstones roosting on the boats in the Swale
The mobile obs- the plan today was to do some night sound recording and moth trapping but got a bit scuppered when I discovered my torch was broken. I did a couple of hours but it was not easy. I still haven't got the leisure battery sorted after it burst into flames over the summer.
A beautiful calm evening over the Swale- a group of Grey Seals out on the bank with thousands of gulls coming into roost was atmospheric in the evening light
Moth trap in position- I didn't give it long enough- just a couple of hours- got nothing (so here's some I prepared earlier below)
Managed to whip up this tuna steak salad in the dark
Mallow at the Beddington obs last night
Another L-album Wainscot at Beddinton
I went for Clepsis consimilana on this one
This was tiny- seen it before but can't remember name . ectoedemia sp. - sericopeza or louisella (surrey moths id )