Wednesday, 22 August 2018

More migrants

Seems to be some good visible migration going on at the moment. NocMiggers on the South Coast reported good movement, there were 7 Ortolans over Brussels and 1 over Poole last night and a visit to Beddington this morning in overcast skies and a light west to northwest wind revealed there had been a small arrival of migrants there too. 

Today's total include 1 Common Tern, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 50 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 6 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Little Egret. 

Been more action in the moth trap over the last two nights too with warm evenings producing good catches with 47 species last night. 

Nothing of note yet on the nocturnal recording except for the Barn Owls. 

 First-winter Wheatear
 Adult winter Wheatear
 Willow Warbler eating a Box Tree moth 
 Whitethroat on the mound
 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (on left) 
 Common Tern (presumed adult due to primary moult) 
 Sallow- the first one of the autumn. This autumn leaf mimic is a real harbinger of autumn. 
 I'm going for Acrobasis consociella on this. A species not recorded on the 2013 Systematic List for Beddington
 Yellow-barred Brindle
 I went for Dusky Thorn on this one 
Single Dotted Wave- the first of the year 
Getting large numbers of the beetle Bradycellus verbasci over last few nights- being recorded elsewhere too- at least north to Oxon/Bucks, 

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