Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Back to Patch

Meet up with Sam Woods today from Tropical Birding (ex-Beddington birder) and went round the farmlands. 

 Juvenile female Sparrowhawk. One of two today.
 Common Buzzard- had five today including a group of four together (presumably migrants)
 Eight Tree Sparrow were feeding in the sacrificial crop area (in the ruderal habitat).
The ringers caught a Sedge Warbler and a controlled Blackcap. Also had one Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Barn Swallow.
20+ Lapwing around. Also 10 Snipe in the Southern Lake wet grassland area and 5 Common and 4 Green Sandpiper around. 
 Good numbers of waterfowl about including 25 Shoveler, 50+ Teal, 15 Gadwall, 12 Mallard and 20+ Little Grebe

 An interesting 'Yellow-legged Gull' with dark head markings. A bulky bird possibly a hybrid Lesser Black Back?
 A juvenile/first winter Common Gull. The first Common Gull I've seen this autumn.
 Another 'Yellow-legged Gull'
 Common Darters- 10-15 today on our route
 Grey Dagger from the trap last night. A first for the year. Typical species in the trap now include Vine's Rustic, Pale Mottled Willows, the odd Jersey Tiger still, Brimstones, Willow Beauties, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwings, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Sqaure-spot Rustic, Flame Shoulder, Setaceous Hebrew Character and the odd Angle Shades and Carcina quercana. Other typical micros include Blastobasis adustella, Crambus falsella and Agriphila geniculea
 Working on it
Horse Chestnut Leaf-miner on the computer screen
The most bizzare find today was this large fish on the bank of the Southern Lake- Tench? 

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