Thursday, 26 April 2018
Blowy day at TH..
Pretty fruitless really in such a strong South-Westerly with nowhere out of the wind. Twenty or so hirundines of three species but no swifts, just the male harrier, eight Common Terns hunkered down on south scrape and the Ruff , still ruffless but colouring up nicely. The reception scrub was busy with Andrenas (nigroaenea, flavipes at least), some bright, fresh Osmia bicornis plus this Holly Blue - they seem to like this hedge. Further up towards the end of the path this Rhingia rostrata was a new for year hover.
On the west side a sudden gull 'dread' and silence was due to an exocet-like Sparrowhawk flashing by just feet from the hide in its typical 'wings in' mode.
Grey-cowled Wood-rail was a life tick (!) today, sadly on the Panama Feeder Cam.