Tuesday, 9 October 2018


Well there's a few signs that it may well be a Brambling autumn. I had at least two yesterday at Brill, they've turned up early at bird feeders in Oxfordshire, there's birds arriving on the east coast, over 700 were reported from Hunstanton and today we had two or three at the farmlands and one on the deck. We decided today that if somewhere like Eilat and Gibraltar is a migration motorway, somewhere like Spurn and Portland a migration A road, somewhere like North Norfolk a migration B road and somewhere like Rainham being a country road- well Beddington must be like a migration country track or bridleway so if we've got Bramblings here it must mean they are everywhere!

A few other bits including about 40 Chaffinch moving W, 6 Skylark W, 1 Redwing, 4 Mipits on the mound, 1 Reed Bunting, 10+ Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest.

Also had a migrant moth- Silver Y in addition to a few other interesting bits. Also seems to be a mini-influx of Red Admiral- at least five today.  Also a load of Harlequin ladybirds around. A swarm of them last Thursday and more today,

 Brambling (above and below) 

 Juvenile Buzzard 
 Beautiful Hook-tip
 Been a few of these acleris sp recently. I stuck them down as Acleris sparsana (below) and Acleris schalleriana (above) based on the variability of these species and abundance in the what's flying tonight pages- would welcome any correction on the ids 

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