Friday, 28 September 2018

Spotted Flycatcher

Lade - mild, cloudy, NNE 4 - Much breezier than of late with a cooler feel to the day due to a northerly airflow sweeping in off the sea. There were fewer migrants about this morning apart from a handful of Swallows, two Wheatears, and a flock of 20 grounded Mipits on the Desert. It was similarly quiet around the ponds apart from several Chiffchaffs and a Spotted Flycatcher, plus Cetti`s Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Goldfinch.
 The moth trap was much improved with 10 species of typical autumn species present.

                                Spotted Flycatcher, Lade ponds

                               Autumnal and Black Rustics and L-album Wainscot
  An afternoon seawatch from the hide produced plenty of Gannets offshore, plus several Arctic Skuas and a Bonxie.
  Elsewhere today Cattle Egrets remained in the Boulderwall fields/ARC while the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was relocated at the back of Scotney pits (PB).

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