Monday, 7 September 2020

Autumn Sallows at Beddington Farmlands

 The autumn leaf moth mimics are now appearing, wigeon and pintails have arrived at Beddington- winter is coming. However between now and winter is the most exciting time of year for bird migration and autumn vagrants. Unfortunately I'm very restricted during September due to work commitments but plan to take the whole of October off with one sole mission- to find some rare birds and moths. If it's too much of a mission to hit a Western Palearctic hotspot this year I'll be based in the UK- the first time in 20 years I'll be rarity hunting here. 

The last few days have involved a bit of moth trapping, a few local walks and a family visit to the London Wetland Centre yesterday. 

Sallows- Centre-barred Sallow (above) and Orange sallow (below) 

Dewick's Plusia- our local speciality present in the moth trap every night recently with two yesterday 
Red Underwing- a classic early September stunner 
This yellow billed Moorhen at the Wetland Centre was interesting. Also a few Wigeon, quite a few hirundines, the odd Meadow Pipit flying over and Chiffchaffs calling from the willows 
Gillian I did one of usual end of week evening walks - last week was a visit to Carshalton Park to see the 400 year old Sweet Chestnuts 

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