|Ruddy Darter (note the narrow 'waist')|
The morning of the 4th September was bright, a few SWALLOWS, maybe 15 were high over the car park, in the trees and bushes here were LESSER WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP, WILLOW WARBLER, CHIFFCHAFF and a couple of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS. The walk continued to turn up warblers and GARDEN WARBLER was next followed by a COMMON WHITETHROAT, then the long awaited SEDGE WARBLER (97), which posed in the early morning light. YELLOWHAMMERS are still around in good numbers maybe 10-15 is a conservative estimate, REED BUNTINGS were less well represented with around 5 birds. The KINGFISHER was again heard and 20 HOUSE MARTINS flew south.
|Young Spotted Flycatcher|
At home later a period of about 5 minutes around 1.30pm produced 3 HOBBIES, 1 SPARROWHAWK a HONEY BUZZARD and a COMMON BUZZARD!! While during the afternoon 8 species of butterfly visited the garden, probably the highlight being a single BRIMSTONE, the first of a second brood.
Out again this morning, which was a nice bonus and another addition to the year was a single SAND MARTIN (98) that flew over high with a couple of SWALLOWS, overall the last couple of days have been quite productive! Steve is still recording the moths I joined him this morning where the highlights were a FROSTED ORANGE, new for the year and a nice BORDERED BEAUTY, there were also at least 79 SETACEOUS HEBREW CHARACTERS today.
|Weird effect of a Rainbow, never noticed this sort of thing before?|