Back to the patch

Back covering Stonebridge to Pyes today. Very quiet in a moderate and cold NE wind. Best birds were: 2 Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and a Chiffchaff. Little Egret numbers are now clearly on the increase - signs of a good breeding season? Suprisingly, there was some movement today, Swifts were moving down the coast & good numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were moving N (along with smaller no's of Herring Gulls).
Butterflies included Large Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue & Painted Lady.
Several Bee Orchids were seen & the first Pyramidal Orchids were starting to appear.

Silver-ground Carpet

Bee Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid coming into flower

Finally, from a trip to Humberston yesterday, another bank appears to have gone under thanks to the recession - people can't say they weren't warned here

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