Sunday, 27 March 2011

March 27th 2011

Dave and I had just arrived by the open barn at Grandborough when a male Merlin shot across the field in hunting mode and probably responsible for a quiet visit with only birds of note being 20 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing plus 4 Hare and an old dog Fox
We were just getting out the car at Draycote Water when a Steve text said he had just photographed a Black Redstart by the fishing lodge and we joined him in less than two minutes. Unfortunately the bird had disappeared but returned 20 minutes later and showed for five minutes before wandering out of sight again. Also seen were 150 Sand Martin with 3 Swallow, adult and first summer Little Gull, 5 Shoveler and 4 Barnacle Geese.

Black Redstart by Steve Valentine

Steve joined us for breakfast then it was on to Napton on the Hill for downed migrants but could only find 4 Chiffchaff and a Swallow which went over heading north. Chatted to the Bumbling Bears for awhile who were also checking the hill otherwise the only other birds of interest after we left them were 2 Raven, Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, Goldcrest, 100 Fieldfare and 3 Nuthatch.
Called in on Napton Reservoir on the way home and found male Shoveler and 3 Snipe.

I have just heard from the micro moth county recorder regarding my record of Acleris literana on the 17th March which is only the 15th record for Warwickshire and new for my area.

Meanwhile Bob and April sent me there images of

Light Orange Underwing

and this drab looking thing is new for Daves garden

Lead-coloured Drab by Bob Hazell


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