Monday, 9 January 2012

Winter Moths

Lade - 0930hrs - mild, overcast, w2 - A Buzzard perched on the wall `mirror`, until disturbed by a Sparrowhawk, plus 2 Marsh Harriers over the airport fields. Plenty of wildfowl on both pits including 5 Goldeneyes, plus Cetti`s Warbler and Water Rail calling from the willows.
Kerton Road Cafe - With the weather set to be mild all week, thought about getting the trap out, but that`s as far as I got... However, at the cafe a trap was set and delivered, Winter Moth and Dark Chestnut.
                                           Dark Chestnut

Walland Marsh - 1500hrs - At Pigwell a flock of 300 Greylags contained 6 White-fronts lurking in their midst, plus a pair of Stonechats nearby. The Midley Bewick`s Swan flock had increased to 36 and a Sparrowhawk nipped over the lane by the drying barns.
At the harrier roost site joined a group of locals for the raptor spectacle; along with the landowner who proffered much valuable advice on access and the status of marshland birds...
At least 18 Marsh Harriers in the area but only 3 went down to roost; also, 2 Buzzards and a Kestrel.

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