Thursday, 6 October 2011

October 6th 2011

It was a cool, bright and breezy visit to the pond with Mark managing to see the Little Stint and 2 Rock Pipit on farborough spit that Bob had found earlier.
While there we found another Rock Pipit on the spit and 2 more were along toft bank so at least 5 present. Despite the strengthening west wind a steady stream of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits flew over south but the only other birds seen were 16 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover and 30+ Meadow Pipit on the deck.
Napton on the Hill was extremely windy but the visibility was brilliant enabling Marks first view of the Malvern Hills and 7 counties though the bird life was limited to 10 Raven, Buzzard, 4 Chiffchaff and 10+ Meadow Pipit.
Conditions were just as bad at Napton Reservoir but the Black-necked Grebe came in close briefly and also present were 2 Wigeon and a Teal.
Now that the temperature has dropped I doubt I will get any more migrant moths and will have to be content with Rusty-dot Peal and Diamond-backed Moths that I have been getting in variable numbers over the last few days which will be a shame as a Vestal was recorded last night on the east side of town.


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