Highlight was a single common sandpiper at Hadham Hall lagoon on 18.08.16. Obsevred for an hour before flying high and heading south, calling continually. Other birds present at this site were coots, moorhen, linnets and corvids.
Overhead, the gull movement in the evening, normally an hour before dusk, continues to increase in number, with 125 lesser black backed, herring and black headed birds flying south down the Ash Valley. Suspect heading for overnight roost at Amwell Reserve. Also overhead, a kestrel on the 13th, hobby on the 16th and red kite and common buzzards daily.
Green and bull finches call in the garden and on 14th August a willow warbler was calling from a garden tree at 6.30 as I checked the moth trap. Autumn definitely here.
Several additions to both the year and parish list since last update:garden trap if not stated.
New for parish records were coxcomb prominent (15th) Gelechia seticetella (15th) Cochylimorpha straminea (11th) and Cochylis hybridella (18th)
New for the year records: Cloaked minor (11th) Svennson's copper underwing (Millennium Wood 11th) Apotomis betuletana (MW 11th) Plutella porrectella and Parornix anglicella (12th) Eudemis profundana (Chapel Lane 13th) Toadflax pug (13th) Juniper pug (13th) Nutmeg (15th) Currant pug (15th) Rosy rustic (Alder Wood 16th)Copper underwing (Brick Kiln Hill 18th) Vapourer (Brick Kiln Hill 18th)
These additions take me to 5469 moths, made up of 199 micros and 218 macros, total of 417 species. If dry tonight, Heath trap on the footpaths on the local golf course and then Tuesday night I plan to return to the ponds around Hadham Hall for netting and running the Heath. Could be good for wainscot sp and pond based micros.