Friday, 3 April 2020

Tough going at the Beddington Obs

It's been a fantastic couple of nights for noc-miggers across the country (see Birdguides article HERE ). Local birders including Arjun (Wallington) and Steve Gale (Banstead) have had Common Scoters, Brent Geese, Redshank and other garden megas. I've had the Beddington Farmlands recorder on and been scouring through the recordings but unfortunately cant find much at all. Best was a flock of migrating Wigeon (distantly) and a Little Ringed Plover. The lake background noise is always a challenge but I spent a lot of time real time listening and unfortunately nothing to sing or dance about. 

Also had the moth trap going and like wise- very quiet.

Another case of where hard work doesn't pay off! Hopefully better luck tonight. The weather is set to warm this weekend so maybe better on the moth front too- I'll be transferring to the Old Vic tomorrow so see if I have more luck at the weekend Obs! 

Brindled Pug- first for year
Agonopterix yeatina? 
Looks like a second-summer Yellow-legged Gull but very distant 

 Only nocturnal migrant I had was this flock of Wigeon 
 Little Ringed Plover has been calling from the lake at night recently
 This was a call that was new for me- Little Grebe flight call! Listen to end for best clarity.

Had a few of these calling at night
This weather map for the weekend looks a bit worryingly interesting! Migrants, overshoots and moths on the cards!! 

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