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Sunday, 7 May 2017

May the bug be with you!

Just three 'May Bugs' in the trap along with a single Heart and Dart; certainly not worth the electricity. Next time must try against the south side fence.

At Titchfield two Arctic Skuas from the restaurant(!) and two overhead Yellow Wagtails were both new for year. A good continuous passage of hirundines, mostly Swallows, fewer House Martins and just a handful of Sand Martins although many distant birds were unidentifiable. Also 25+ Swifts.(Probably 600+ birds whilst I was there).

A Cuckoo was calling closely from the canal path but was only glimpsed in flight from Meadow Hide.

Some warmer and sunnier weather early afternoon produced Azure and Large Red Damseflies, Cardinal Beetle, an Anasimyia hoverfly (possibly transfugus per Roger), loads of Cheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi on buttercups, Beefly, Drinker Moth caterpillar and a Roe Deer.

 Nomada lathburiana

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