Thursday, 19 March 2009

March 19th 2009

I woke to thick fog this morning so kept an eye on the Draycote Water Sailing Club web site weather station waiting to see when it would be worth venturing out and this gave me a chance to check on my moth trap and update my records. Caught 19 species so far this year and last nights effort included Twin-spot Quaker, 3 Common Quaker, Small Quaker, 2 Hebrew Character and 2 Clouded Drab despite the mild temperatures dropping rapidly with a clear night.
The bike ride to Draycote along the Rugby Road, Dunchurch produced singing Chiffchaff, Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch while the old A45 stretch had 2 Coal Tit, 4 Mistle Thrush and another Chiffchaff.
Draycote Water was a struggle as the mist and fog had not stopped the walkers, runners, pram pushers and other health freaks coming out so there was a high amount of disturbance and not helped by the haze and a cool east north east wind. A Rock Pipit flew over toft bank, Red-necked Grebe off farborough bank plus distant Great-northern Diver and Oystercatcher preening in toft bay. Also counted were 14 Gadwall, 10 Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 71 Wigeon with a watch over the valley from the country park producing 5 Buzzard and a Siskin. A chat with Kevin put me on to a Lesser Redpoll and as I was leaving a Chiffchaff was singing in toft shallows.
In the more warmer sheltered areas butterflies today were Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Comma in the country park, Brimstone toft bank and Brimstone on the way home near Lion Farm, Rugby Rd Dunchurch.


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