Wednesday, 28 September 2011

September 28th

It looked reasonably clear as I set off from the house this morning but turning into the lane to the castle the mist was hanging and did make it a little tricky again this morning. The moths were few and far between except for the 160 odd Lunar Underwings, other bits and pieces included Large Wainscot, Bordered Beauty and another good selection of Sallows.
nothing on the posts then!

Whilst we were putting away the moth traps a TREE PIPIT circled and called a couple of times, before heading off into the mist. SISKINS were more in evidence today at least four small flocks went over in the hour long visit along with at least one REDPOLL. The car park held a couple of GOLDCRESTS, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 NUTHATCHES and a BLACKCAP, also a BULLFINCH called there.

For the first morning in ages there were no Swallows or Martins heard or seen, probably more due to the conditions than them all leaving at once! Alan, who does the Snodland and Surrounding area blog joined me for a short time and hopefully we found some better places to do some recording in the near future, he was meeting Pete the Warden later to find out what was possible, should be interesting. I added Tawny Owl the other morning and forgot to put it on the blog, so the month list now stands at 67. With only one visit left this month for me, that will probably be it.
Blue Tit


Warren Baker said...

I had a prob. Tree Pipit this morning Alan, but I just couldn't convince myself it was one, I didn't see it of course in the fog! No Hirundines here either today .

Phil said...

So you had a trespasser on site this morning Alan. Did he get lost in the fog?
You got some nice atmospheric shots I must say. All the fog was gone by the time I got up though:-)

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Your shots are really Autumnal .
Still no let up in the Lunar Underwings then .

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Your shots are really Autumnal .
Still no let up in the Lunar Underwings then .

alan woodcock said...

Hi,After thinking long and hard about it,for me to take on a new site at (65)would be wrong.To obtain reasonable results it takes 5-10 years.Also I didn`t think so many people would be using that path so early in the morning.If you see Peter in the morning or sometime soon would you let him know before he cuts the two rides.I will be writing to him later on.Its a shame because once you get into it its very interesting.Sorry Alan.

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Warren, It took me a while to record Tree Pipit here, it is just about annual now but normally no more than 3 or 4 records.

Hi Phil, I did find a wanderer in our midst this morning, unfortunately the mist made it tricky to find much, as you can see :-) (or not as the case may be!)

Hi Geenie, I quite like these autumn mornings, aprt from not being able to see anything obviously! The Lunies are starting to fade a bit now today we were down to about 130 ish :-)

Hi Alan, no need to apologise, I totally understand your decision, it's a reasonable distance to come for you on a regular basis as well as the reasons you mentioned. It was great to meet you and I hope you come back for a wander round again in the not to distant future. All the best, Alan.