Monday, 3 September 2018

Local Magic

 A great little day at the farmlands (thanks for Roger for finding nearly everything!) :

 2 Black Tern on the North Lake (juvenile top two pics and adult other two pics) 



 Juvenile Black-tailed Godwit on 100 acre
 Juvenile Spotted Redshank (above and below) on 100 acre 

 Also 3 Common Sandpiper (above), 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe but only 3-4 Lapwing (below)  across the whole site 

 This juvenile large white-headed Gull stood out, quite Caspian like in structure but several features not right including the large proportion of white in the coverts. Possibly an integrade (i.e. what we dub a Caspo or Caspian-type) 
 At least 10-15 Common Buzzards kettling up and moving around today. Also two Red Kite (below) and 2-3 Sparrowhawk 

 Up to 50 Stock Dove on the 'wet grassland area'. Not many landbird migrants today apart from a passage of Swallows. A couple of Sedge Warbler in the Willowherbs, the odd Grey Wagtail going over and a few Willow/Chiffs along the edge. 
 Painted Lady on the mound (possibly the first for year at the farmlands) 
 Small Heath- not a common local butterfly. Also Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, a couple of Small Tortoiseshell and Small White today. At least 15 Migrant Hakwers around and 10+ Common Darter. 
A few bits in the moth trap last night- dominated again by Vine's and Sqaure-spot Rustic. This Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix is the first for year. Also two more Ancylosis oblitella. 
Another first for year- a Cockatiel. We haven't had many escaped species this year so good to get something for this year's escape list 

2 comments:

Arjun Dutta said...

Yellow Wagtail flew over the farmlands this afternoon Peter (from the Asda while waiting for a bus)

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers Arjun. Will let the recorder know