Tuesday, 24 February 2009

February 24th 2009

In the valley before first light finding Sunday’s Barn Owl and Little Owl then a check on the moth trap at Draycote Water. The post roost gathering in the fields below farborough bank took priority and revealed adult and first summer Med Gull and first winter Iceland Gull. Checking the trap produced 8 species:- 7 Early Moth, 3 March Moth, 14 Pale Brindled Beauty, 3 Spring Usher, 10 Dotted Border, 2 Satellite, 6 Chestnut and 4 Tortricodes alternella.
Draycote Water was dull and misty so the phone call received regarding a Waxwing at Cock Robin roundabout was more than welcome and had me legging it back towards home but arrived too late – flew off east.
Breakfast at home and my first attempts at tiding up the garden before going back to Draycote Water for the roost. First winter Glaucous Gull again and first and adult winter Iceland Gulls with the first winter definitely a different bird to the one this morning lacking the light facial mark on its cheek. Also in roost was adult Yellow-legged Gull and also present were 2 Great-northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, 16 Gadwall, Snipe, Lesser Redpoll, Great-spotted Woodpecker, male Smew, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk and 14 Redwing.


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