Friday, 16 August 2013

12th - 16th August

Another mixed week started with TURTLE DOVE and SEDGE WARBLER as highlights on Monday. Tuesday was quieter before Wednesday produced a nice little mix of migrants and birds in general. Firstly it was evident that WILLOW WARBLER numbers were up, I found 6 for sure but probably there were double figures around. A YELLOW WAGTAIL (96) called 4 times as it headed south and 2 SEDGE WARBLERS were in the hedgerows with several WHITETHROATS and BLACKCAPS.
Sedge Warbler

 As I headed into the clover field a quick scan of the fence posts produced the first WHINCHAT (97) of the year, while a LITTLE EGRET flew south west, the first for a couple of months. Other birds on Wednesday were young SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and a LITTLE OWL called and was seen sitting on a post near the overflow car park. Later that day Stephen had 15-20 CLOUDED YELLOWS, certainly a record here.
Whinchat

Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher

Lots of birds cleared for Thursday morning but 4 WILLOW WARBLERS remained and 1 SEDGE WARBLER stayed other birds of note were TURTLE DOVE and a LESSER WHITETHROAT. Quieter again this morning as just 2 WILLOW WARBLERS were all I could find.
On Thursday I did get up early and record the moths with Steve which included 3 year ticks BULRUSH WAINSCOT, SMALL MOTTLED WILLOW and MAGPIE MOTH which was the first record for 5 years
Magpie Moth

Bulrush Wainscot

14 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Whinchats seem to turn up here in the afternoon Alan, not many get found early morning. Not had Sedge Warbler here yet.

Marc Heath said...

Nice set of shots Alan, I shall have to keep my eyes open for Whinchat from now on then.

Maria said...

Wonderful set of shots Alan, especially the spotted Flycatcher and the beautiful Willow Warbler! I did also like the Magpie Moth. Good shot, nice details!
Maria

Chris Rohrer said...

I love that spottie! Cool bird. And the Sedge Warbler. The Magpie Moth is a new one to me. Striking! Happy weekend!

Christian said...

You've answered a question for me, Alan! I was in a take-away restaurant about two months ago and a beautiful black, white and yellow moth came in. I had never seen it before and I have never been able to identify it until now! Thank you.

Christian said...

You've answered a question for me, Alan! I was in a take-away restaurant about two months ago and a beautiful black, white and yellow moth came in. I had never seen it before and I have never been able to identify it until now! Thank you.

Christian said...

You've answered a question for me, Alan! I was in a take-away restaurant about two months ago and a beautiful black, white and yellow moth came in. I had never seen it before and I have never been able to identify it until now! Thank you.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful birds. Congrats for the pictures.

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Well done with the Whinchat .
The 'ton' is tantalisingly close now .

Evanir said...

Estou aqui para deixar um carinho
com bastante saudades de você.
deixei um mimo na postagem
se for do seu gosto é oferecido com muito carinho.
Quando fico ausente chega doer a saudade,
porém mesmo no silêncio jamais esqueço de você.
Eu acredito na verdadeira amizade ,
que o tempo não corrói
permanece viva e cravada no coração e na alma.
O fato de não estar conseguindo chegar a todos blogs como sempre
fiz esta me custando acreditar ,
que na dor perdemos
pessoas , que fantasiava meu blog com frases
de carinho sem medo eu digo..estão hoje sumidas
como - se contagiasse seus
dedos ou seu corpo deixar um alo nos comentários .
Estou feliz contigo , que independente
da minha presença dedicou a mim de todo coração
a mais doce amizade e presença constante.
Eu acredito em Deus e em sua divina justiça
se hoje eu choro amanhã chora quem
sem a menor sabedoria me abandona quando eu
mais preciso.
Seu carinho e amizade para mim é tudo ,
e por isso agradeço e agradecerei sempre
por seu carinho comigo.
Um abençoado final de semana muita paz
beijos até sempre..Evanir.

Helma said...

This is also a very nice series Alan which I really find the flycatcher a fantastic photo! Also you Warbler, Whinchat, Willow Warbler and beautiful moths are beautiful sharp pictures! My compliment.
Greetings, Helma

Magia da Inês said...

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Simplesmente lindas e delicadas!!!

°º✿♫ Boa semana!
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Tammy said...

That Spotted Flycatcher is just adorable! Interesting looking moth as well!

Lou Mary said...

The sedge warbler photo is lovely! Such nice lighting and I love how you have managed to capture the shadow of the whinchat in your photo too.