Saturday 5 September 2015

Siskins, at last...

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, sunny, w 2 - Another chilly night with few moths in the garden trap, but did include Iron Prominent new for the year. A couple of Willow Warblers called from the fir trees whilst emptying the mv and, at long last, Siskin, went onto the year list as a flock of five passed overhead, also calling.
It was tough going outback showing our guest Steve the local patch, or at least a part of it, as there was so many fisherman around south lake it wasn't worth the grief. Instead we walked Mockmill, which was eerily quiet with only a Whinchat, Whitethroat and Cetti`s Warbler of note. A steady overhead passage of hirundines and Yellow Wagtails was underway, plus a flock of 50 grounded on the Desert, along with a few Linnets, Mipits and several Kestrels.
An evening foray over the beach on a falling tide resulted in the usual three figure tallies of Curlews, Oystercatchers, Dunlins and Sanderlings, plus double figures of Ringed Plover, Knot, Barwit and Turnstones.

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