Wednesday 17 August 2011

A Small Fall of Migrants

Lade - 0600hrs - misty, cloudy, n1 - A decent catch of moths in the trap last night but little of any quality, although a melanistic Willow Beauty was of note. On the RSPB a cracking Clouded Buff was trapped, which was much brighter than the guide book piccies.
A fall of migrants overnight was apparent with a Common Redstart and 5 Willow Warblers in the cattery garden. Out on the storm beaches, 25 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroats and 100 Linnets, while the main track to the pits held 5 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears, 2 Spot Flits, 5 Willow Warblers and single Lesser `throat. Superb start to the day.
ARC - 1000hrs Joined the Joker and the Lord of Hookers in Hanson where a good number of common waders was on show: 300 Lapwing, 225 Goldies, 5 each of Dunlins and LRPs, single Avocet, Green and Common Sandpipers and Snipe. We calculated that 27 species of waders had been seen from Hanson this autumn (excluding Sanderling) which is pretty good going; whatever next we wondered...  Also, Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Little Gull and the drake Pochard with a bill tag.
A brief look over the road at Dengemarsh yielded GWEgret, Greenshank but no sign of yesterdays Purple Heron.

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