Wednesday, 24 October 2012

More Migrant Moths & Birds

Lade - 0730hrs - Mild, misty, cloudy, ne2 - A feast of moths in the two garden traps this morning with 156 macros of 16 species, the majority being Black Rustics. Highlights included a fresher Gem, Beaded Chestnut, Feathered Thorn, 8 Large Wainscots and a Clancy`s Rustic, which BS showed great interest in. Whilst doing the moths a steady procession of thrushes and finches over, plus a Grey Wagtail. By mid-morning a group of Goldcrests in the garden fir trees contained a Firecrest.

                                          Feathered Thorn


                                          Fly Agaric, Dungeness

                                          Lesser Redpoll, DBO

Dungeness - A late morning saunter around the Obs area revealed plenty of Robins, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes, plus a few Redwings and Fieldfares. Also, Skylarks, Redpoll, Siskins, Goldfinches and Mipits overhead, plus Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. In the Trapping Area a mixed flock of crests and Goldcrests; (TG had 2 Ring Ouzels earlier).
ARC -  A scan from Hanson revealed 2 Dunlins and a Snipe amongst several hundred Golden Plovers and Lapwings. A Marsh Harrier briefly flushed the waders, while a late Hobby was hunting along the far shoreline. Chatted to BB for a while before calling it a day.
On the bird reserve this morning BP had Yellow-browed Warbler and Richard`s Pipits in the Christmas Dell area.

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