Saturday, 9 October 2010

October 9th 2010

Another night of low cloud, easterly breeze and mild temperatures brought in 44 moths of 18 species to my garden trap with the best being my second latest record of Marbled Beauty, Red Underwing, Frosted Orange, 3 Green-brindled Crescent, 11 Blair’s Shoulder-knot(2nd highest count)and Pink-barred Sallow.

Went to see the Duchess of Sutherland with Bob & April who had arranged parking with friends at a nearby marina before a short walk to the Easenhall Footbridge where we had excellent views almost to ourselves as it passed by much slower than expected so not making as much smoke as I would have enjoyed. A few Skylarks noted going over.

Duchess of Sutherland

Despite the low cloud never lifting all day it did not stop more migrants going over the Grandborough valley with 100+ Skylark, 50 Redwing, 20 Siskin and 30 Meadow Pipit while nearby there were 29 Yellowhammers, 2 Tree Sparrow and 4 Golden Plover.
The pond late afternoon had the male Lesser Scaup off hensborough bank, a mobile Rock Pipit on draycote bank towards the valve tower, distant views of a Corn Bunting behind the inlet with 4 Yellowhammer, 3 Raven, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard and a Wheatear while overhead migration involved 54 Skylarks, 200 Starlings, 7 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 15 Redwing, 2 Brambling and 25 Meadow Pipit all heading south. The roost was a struggle as visibility was poor but still managed adult winter Med Gull and a Brent Goose flew towards toft at dusk but to dark to see if it had stayed when I left.


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