Thursday 16th August

The Meadow is continuing to look good with the periodic rain keeping it nicely topped up and it continues to play host to a nice variety of waders. Over the last couple of days there have been 1 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, the 3 GREENSHANKS and 1 REDSHANK still, 8 COMMON SANDPIPERS, 6 RINGED PLOVER, quite a few SNIPE and 1 DUNLIN. Little Egrets, Grey Herons and increasing numbers of returning teal offer a nice supporting cast. In addition there have been a couple of YELLOW WAGTAILS in amongst the numerous pieds and linnets down in the south west corner near the boats.

This evening there was a single swift hawking over the roof tops by my house and a single sand martin over the floods. Apart from that its largely house martins and swallows now.

One of the Ringed Plover (c) Roger Wyatt

I'm running a new home-made moth trap in my garden again: the main catch is Large Yellow Underwings at present with Brimstone, Ribband Wave and Willow Beauty also fairly numerous.

Large Yellow Underwing - the black "check" marks near the base 
of the wings are diagnostic for this species. As it's name suggests it has 
striking yellow hindwings with a black border.

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