Brean Down: Good passage of gulls this morning. In an hour and a half between 8:30 and 10:00 2,000 Herring, 1,100 LBBG, 3 GBBG, 50 BHG and 3 Common Gull. Also heading NW were 30 Wigeon. Amongst the gulls in the fields along Weston Rd a 2nd winter Med Gull present. Highlight of the day a Snow Bunting at the fort
A new garden moth from last nights catch, a Acleris schalleriana (thanks to J.McGill for the correction)bringing the garden life list to 327. 3 Common Quaker also in the garden trap. The Agonopterix heracliana was in the car so must have come from Weston Woods monday night trapping.
Weston Beach/Uphill: 100 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 20 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1,000+ Teal and a small movement of BHG's. I've reported the above BHG and will publish news when received. It is probably part of the Wiltshire ringing program.
Weston STW: Adult winter Med Gull on UV pools this afternoon and then flew south.
Both of these were photographed at the hotel we stayed at in Goa. The dragonfly perched on a palm above the pool twisting from side to side long enough for me to go the the hotel room and get the camera.
A series of Atlantic fronts continue to move westwards over the UK bringing mild and wet weather. Little wind is causing the cloud base to drop to ground level this morning.
3 records of Vagrant Emperor dragonfly recently in Cornwall, Pembrokeshire and Somerset. Multiple records of Dark Sword-grass and a Red-headed Chestnut along the south coast.
Sand Bay: 1 Brent Goose, 1 Sanderling, 1 Knot, 35 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Golden Plover (flying north). Plenty of gulls moving west over head involving BHG, LBBG as well as Herring. A male Stonechat in the bay is the first for the year in Weston.
The bulb only lasted a week before I managed to smash it. The setup was a screw thread 15W BLB on a batten mount light socket with a 15M mains cable. The banknote checker for location trapping did not last the night so was unsuccessful.