I arrived in temps in excess of 30C, pitched the new small tent easily and headed off to Wells for supplies.
Later had a beer with Richie and caught up with the children. Great to see them all again.
That evening, I placed the 15Watt heath trap on the footpath between the saltmarsh and a row of oaks and sycamores, taking several species unusual to me due to the habitat. In amongst this haul were several saltmarsh plume. There were 100's of these on the marsh, as I discovered the following night when the trap was placed actually on the saltmarsh. The final night it was threatening to rain, so I placed it under a large sycamore, close to the campsite.
In total, over 500 moths of 54 species, including 143 saltmarsh plumes on the 2nd night and an August thorn on the 3rd night. On the first night the moth of the evening was my first Evergestis pallidata, a rare moth for Hertfordshire, not yet sure of its status in Norfolk. Other notable ones were first of the year catches of flounced rustic, 6 striped rustic and rosy rustic.
|Looking at the catch with enthusiastic youngsters|
|Trap set on Stiffkey saltmarsh|
|Sunset over Stiffkey|
|Dusk at Stiffkey|
|Sidney checking the catch|
|1 of the 143 Saltmarsh plumes taken on the Monday night|
|Heat haze photo of juvenile pied wagtail|
|same bird over the East Bank|
|Reed bunting in moult|
A large 60+ strong flock of curlew arrived over from the east, settling on Thornham Marsh. A scan through the bins picked out 2 birds of differing size in amongst them, a knot and a black tailed godwit.
|3 curlew and a knot|
|4 curlew, on calling to keep the flock together|
|Part of the 60+ curlew Note the leader doing the calling. Black tailed godwit top right|
In all, a superb 3 days in glorious weather.
|Distant spoonbill coming in to feed|
|Plenty to keep me occupied here from the footpath bench|
|female ruff (reeve)|
|11 spoonbill roosting on the Freshmarsh|
|suspected juvenile ruff from the footpath|