After three days, the RB Shrike was nowhere to be found at its temporary home behind the YC. I walked up to the Sportsman PH hoping it could have moved a bit further west but there was no sign of it. However, a male blackcap dropped into the bushes by the Sportsman and along that section of wall that I rarely walk, a wall brown butterfly came into view. After several frantic minutes of following, it finally alighted on a flower where I was able to confirm the identification, a first for me at Seasalter, I'd not seen one c.30 years in Whitstable, once common! A buzzard was also hunting over the fields behind theYC.
Also, when doing the 'school run' this afternoon I saw a hummingbird hawk moth when doing the pick up at Whitstable Castle.
A walk along the front at Seasalter was very quiet this morning, virtually no waders on the flats just curlew and oystercatchers. A strong passage of swallows continued, among them a few house martins and mipits. At the LNR, 27 linnets and 5 wheatears as I walked to just beyond the white post where I counted 216 brents and 35 egrets plus one clouded yellow desperately looking for a flower to feed on. A swan was sitting out on the mud looking rather ill waiting for the tide to come in. A rather quiet day!