Back at the castle this week there has been a bit of autumnal flavour, after the 2 GREEN SANDPIPERS last week, there were 3 on Saturday 20th! Now a record count :-) There were also 20+ SWALLOWS and 15 HOUSE MARTINS.
During this week several family parties of LONG TAILED TITS and CHIFFCHAFFS have been around the hedgerows. A family of LESSER WHITETHROAT was a nice find yesterday, it was made more interesting when the first returning SEDGE WARBLER (93) appeared with them followed closely by a REED WARBLER! Other than that things are as normal plenty of YELLOWHAMMERS and SKYLARKS making themselves known, as well as the odd SPOTTED FLYCATCHER.
Moth numbers continue to be good, with Steve reporting that one morning this week produced 106 species, I popped in on Thursday morning where we had a GREEN ARCHES (very late), SMALL DOTTED BUFF plus too many to mention as you can imagine. More photos to follow when i can get back on the computer!