Sunday, 13 September 2015

Associate Member Walk

 Garganey- Today's rarest bird seen. Also saw  Whinchat, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher and Kestrels.
 Wigeon (male moulting into winter plumage). 6 today, also 30 Shoveler, 88 Teal, 20+ Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe and Coot numbers have now climbed to over 300.
 16 species of moth caught in the moth trap. Male (top) and female Large Yellow Underwing
 A fresh Light Emerald (icing like texture)
 Straw Underwing
 A bit of Square-spot Rustic variation
Small White feeding on one the last flowering plants- Bristly Ox-tongue
A nice walk this morning looking at the farmlands in autumn. A steady stream of hirundines (Swallows and House Martin) were moving through, with smaller numbers of Siskin. Whinchat, Wheatear and Tree Pipit were recorded by other group members this morning. Duck numbers continue to climb.
The moth trap held a selection of typical mid-autumn species including Square-spot Rustic, Large Yellow Underwing, Pale Mottled Willow, Vine's Rustic, Garden Carpet, Straw Underwing, Maiden's Blush, Light Brown Apple Moth, Eudonia pallida, Mompha sp, Agriphila geniculea, Light Emerald, and Willow Beauty. There's also been Lesser Yellow Underwing, Flounched Rustic and Lunar Underwing in the last couple of days. 

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