Saturday, 1 September 2012

September Migrants and making Hay

Marsh Harrier- One of two today. Also Common Buzzard, 2-3 Sparrowhawk, Hobby and Kestrel. 
Reed Warbler- a few more warblers about- Chiifys, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed  Warblers and Sedge Warbler. Also looks like an increase in tit numbers. 
Whinchat- one of two on the mound.  Also a Tree Pipit over, the odd Yellow Wagtail, 60+ Swift, 2 House Martin and 1 Swallow
Hybrid duck on the Southern Lake . Lots of waterfowl about today- 100+ Teal, 30+ Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 15+ Cormorant and also 12 Green Sand and 3 Common Sandpiper. Still broods of Tufted Duck and Mallard around.
We did the haycut of the wildlflower meadow today. More on our meadows here:
and a bit of Willow control

Moths in the evenings at the moment are dominanted by Setaceous Hebrew Character, Square-spot Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow, Vine's Rustic, Large Yellow Underwing, Copper Underwing, Brimstone, Double-striped Pug, White-point and a few micros. Two Diamond-backed Moths yesterday evening. Jersey Tigers have dissappeared now.


StourbridgeRantBoy said...

As a tree-climber and registered Chain-Saw operator i'm surprised that work is carried out without protective clothing. I might be wrong but those trousers look like jeans, no chainsaw gloves so possibly no toe-capped boots. I only mention this for the safety aspect that's all, nothing personal - glad to see you have a range of migrants moving through......

ATB Laurie -

Peter Alfrey said...

Just a posed photo during a break (meant to not be able to see his bottom half) . Not a good idea to photograph people working with chainsaws as it can distract them. The working team are full time pro arborists/landscapers.
Could do with some more migrants :-)