Sunday 2 October 2011


Lade - 0700hrs - warm, dry, sunny, e1 - Flogged around the local patch for a couple of hours with very little reward apart from a Crossbill (a site first for me) which fizzed overhead calling. Also over south a trickle of Siskins, Goldfinches, Skylarks, Chaffinches and Mipits. On the storm beaches 2 Stonechats and a Wheatear, plus 100 Swallows on power lines. Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in the garden.
Checked out the bay just before high tide and counted 710 Oystercatchers. The hot weather continues, so enjoyed what was probably my last sea swim of the year in the company of several groups of Sandwich Terns moving noisily along the shoreline.
Moth numbers were slightly down on recent catches to 12 species with Treble-bar/Lesser (still deliberating) being the highlight.
ps: With the Sandhill Crane now in East Anglia, by about Tuesday/Wednesday it should be on Walland Marsh...

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