Monday, 31 October 2011

Stephen finds a 'Patch Tick'

Before I get on to the Patch Tick, there have been a few moths in the last few days and we have now reached 361 species of Macro moth so far this year. On Friday we had over 100 November Moths, Saturday we had a migrant Pearly Underwing. This mornings new moths were Cypress Carpet, Sprawler and December Moth.
Cypress Carpet


Pearly Underwing

So to this mornings bird walk, I started in the car park and was pleased to have a BRAMBLING call as it flew south, once again there were lots of finches whizzing around, a few going over and some feeding in birches etc. 14 REDWINGS flew high south but I didn't hear or see any Fieldfares. Todays summer bird was a CHIFFCHAFF in the hedge below the veg garden which was associating with a small tit flock that also had a GOLDCREST for company. The phone rang and Stephen asked if I could see a bird perched on the very top of one of the birches, as I got into position it flew off!! His suspicions were that it was possibly a Corn Bunting. Work beckoned and the bird had disappeared. You know what's coming next as I pulled into work Stephen rang again he had found 2 Corn Buntings!!! feeding with the Yellowhammers, great stuff a first for the site, although I expect they have been here before but before my time? Hopefully they'll be around tomorrow???


Ken. said...

Well done with the Corn Buntings, especially seeing them feed with the Yellowhammers.
Nice moth photo's.

Phil said...

I have everything crossed for tomorrow Alan....well nearly everything:-)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Ken, I wish I had managed to catch up with them before I went to work!!

Hi Phil, Thanks, I think I need all the help I can get!!