Friday 20 September 2019

Humming bird Hawk Moth and Great White Egret

This morning saw a short dawn mist netting session at Middleton NR which followed the pattern of migratory over achievement during moonlit clarity.  18 new birds in two nets this am including four more Grey Wagtail (78 colour ringed so far this autumn) and about the 200th Blackcap of the year, way above the norm for this species with at least a month to go

Great white Egret - one west over golf club 1430

Humming bird Hawk-Moth - one half moon bay on sedum

Grey Wagtail - 4
Meadow Pipit - 12
Reed Bunting - 6
Pink-footed Goose - 60 N
alba wagtail - 6
Snipe - 1
Stonechat - 1 male

Lighthouse sloping wall -evening
Several birds taking advantage of the small insects coming in off sea and resting on sea wall.
Wheatear 1
White wagtail 5
Rock Pipit 3

Middleton Nature Reserve - early afternoon.
Lots of dragonflies including: Emperor, Brown hawker, Migrant hawker and Common darter.
This female Migrant Hawker seen ovipositoring