Tuesday, 24 September 2013

First Goldcrest

Lade - 0630hrs - damp, misty start, followed by warm sunshine, e2 - With clear skies last night and a drop in temperature everywhere was dripping wet with condensation this morning. In contrast to yesterdays spectacle not a single hirundine was seen across the local patch, although there was still  decent number of Chiffchaffs in the reed swamp along with several Reed and Sedge Warblers and Blackcaps. Overhead a few Mipits and Linnets passed south. The easterly airflow had already worked its magic with the first Goldcrest of the autumn in the garden fir trees; hopefully, the coming week will see a few Yellow-broweds come our way...
Moth wise it was largely a repeat of yesterday but with lesser numbers, plus a well worn Snout. By midday there were one or two butterflies on what remains of the Buddleia blooms.

                               Comma, Lade

ARC - An afternoon visit to Hanson hide yielded 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 2 Barwits and singles of Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper amongst several hundred Goldies and Lapwing that were regularly spooked, presumably by an unseen raptor.

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