Thursday, 8 October 2015

Yellow-broweds' at the double

After last weeks first for Britain things were always likely to be a bit of an anticlimax this week, however birding on the whole was pretty good with plenty of bits and bobs to keep up the interest.
Out on the levels things have been pretty quiet with an immature male Marsh Harrier on the 1st and 4th the best bird on show. Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers remain in double figures with the picture below taken on the 1st in particularly pleasant weather. Also on the 1st a single Small Copper was on White Dyke along with a smattering of Speckled Woods'. Moths have been particularly poor recently with nothing at all of note, this may partly be due to the bat spp swooping around the garden the other evening intent on finding its evening meal...
Elsewhere a couple of potters to Beachy over the weekend provided good fare. On Saturday (3rd) a Yellow-browed Warbler was at the top of the lane at Birling along with at least one Continental Coal Tit. A walk around Holywell on the 4th produced the Black Redstart pictured left along with at least 300 House Martin. It has not been a good year for Clouded Yellows' so singles seen on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th were very welcome, with the latter pictured right. However highlight of the week has to go to the Yellow-browed in the bushes at my work place in St Leonards on the 6th, this has to be the best bird I have had on site topping the 4 Waxwings that were present in the car park for a couple of days a few years back! Unfortunately last weeks lowlight was the rugby... Never mind, learn from your mistakes, onwards and upwards, come back bigger and stronger, KEEP THE FAITH!

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