Thursday, 3 October 2013

Finally 100 for the year

It's taken a bit longer than usual but yesterday a LAPWING (100) flew over making it the hundredth species for the year about 8 days later than last year.
Rewinding slightly, a walk on Sunday with Dave, Phil and Warren (Pittswood Birds), we managed just over 40 species of the usual suspects, plenty of MISTLE THRUSHES, NUTHATCHES and JAYS were evident. there were a few CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP and SWALLOWS still around as as well. the SKYLARK and YELLOWHAMMER numbers are building now getting to about 20 of each.
In the last few days a GREY WAGTAIL has been hanging around and several 'ALBA' WAGTAILS have flown through. CHIFFCHAFF numbers have dropped to only 3 birds yesterday and 2 today, with 2 BLACKCAP yesterday and none this morning. 1 SISKIN flew south yesterday and both days 100 or more SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS also flew south during my hour long visits. A GOLDCREST put in an appearance this morning and a KINGFISHER heard somewhere near the new pond.
We are still checking the moths and yesterday we managed to SCARCE BORDERED STRAW and GREEN BRINDLED CRESCENT to the year list, this morning Steve added CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH, MERVEILLE DU JOUR and FOUR SPOTTED FOOTMAN.
Long Tailed Tit

A few rays


Warren Baker said...

Blimey, No Lapwing until now Alan, what a state this once common species must now be in :-(

Thanks again for showing me round your patch, some of it looks so inviting for a Yellow Browed warbler - so keep an eye out!

Phil said...

Well done with the ton Alan. Wish I could say the same for my New Hythe list!

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Really like that second shot .
Congrats on your 'ton' .

Maria said...

Those few rays are beautiful and the Long tailed Tit is very nice.

Pete Woodruff said...

'A few rays' is excellent, and good to hear you reached your 100 Alan.

I suppose it sounds quite amazing to you but I could take you to see probably 5,000 Lapwing at one location tomorrow here in Lancashire.

Lou Mary said...

Beautiful sunlit LTT and to catch those sun rays is quite impressive! Well done on the 100! Sounds like you still have some interesting moths about too! I haven't heard of that hawk moth before but I just googled it and it is a pretty species indeed!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Alan!!!.. Lovely bird and nice pictures.. Thanks for comment.. Best regards..

Helma said...

The lapwing was so kind of you hundredth year Alan :-) What types have you seen .

The staartmeesje in your blog is again a very pretty picture , but underneath your picture with the sun I find really great. What an atmosphere radiates from there . Thick compliment.
Greetings, Helma