Birding Bore & Mothing
A excellent morning spent on the Birding Bore event at WWT Slimbridge, then on the Land Rover Safari. Highlights on the high tide included a juvenile Cuckoo, two Turnstones, three Sanderlings, three Wheatears, and Yellow-legged Gulls. A full list of the sightings is shown on the WWT website. Two Green Sandpipers (above) were seen later on the Tack Piece and a Greenshank and a Wheatear were on the Holden Pool, before being spooked off by a Peregrine chasing a Woodpigeon. On safari the highlights were two Bank Voles, a Smooth Newt (below) and a Grass Snake, plus Brown Hawkers, Migrant Hawkers, Ruddy Darters and Common Darters, and Short-winged Coneheads (second photo below).
In the evening I went round to Jake's with Richard for an evening's mothing. Some of the moths found are below, in order are: Burnished Brass, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Green Carpet and Setaceous Hebrew Character.