Archive for September 23rd, 2007

23rd September 2007, Sunday

Pannel Valley NR

Migration was in full swing this weekend with a window in the wind; hirundines put on a wonderful show, with Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows all moving through the Valley, with a roost of over 10,000 birds on Saturday evening.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were both into three figure counts early morning, and an obvious push of late Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers added to the movement, with small numbers of Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler for company.

At the edge of the reedbed good counts of Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting had arrived, and Stonechats have now replaced Whinchats atop the bushes. A handful of Yellow Wagtails and Grey Wagtails called as they moved overhead, with the lovely autumnal sound of Goldcrests quietly see-see-seeing in the hedgerows. A few Siskins and a Redpoll also gave themselves away as they passed over.

The Osprey showed well on both days, with Buzzard, Marsh Harrier and Hobby also noted, and four Ravens were seen together over Carter’s Valley.

For the third autumn in a row, the moth trap has produced the rare immigrant Clifden Nonpareil (the old Victorian name of ‘Blue Underwing’ is much more descriptive!), and the strangest site of the week was a wild Fallow deer settling in with the bullock herd, so much at home it was often seen sneaking up and butting the bemused bulls..

23rd September 2007, Sunday

News from RSPB Dungeness

Seven blackcaps and a handful of chiffchaffs were present in the Denge Marsh gully this morning and two grey wagtails flew over.  A hobby was seen from the Visitor Centre and two wheatears were spotted near the entrance track.  There was a steady passage of swallows throughout the day. Four snipe and a merlin were seen from the Hanson-ARC hide late in the afternoon.

23rd September 2007, Sunday

Migration Watch at Warren Glen, Hastings Country Park NR

The migration watch event at Warren Glen organised by the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve was a great success. Those attending were treated to a superb early morning passage of meadow pipits and house martins, and the rare treat of seeing a grasshopper warbler in the hand, during the bird ringing demonstration.

Overhead migration first thing included 900 house martin, 200 meadow pipit, 100 swallow, 30 linnet, 8 goldfinch, 2 sand martin, 2 pied wagtail, 2 sparrowhawk, a grey wagtail, a reed bunting and 2 tree pipit all flying west. The highlight of overhead migration was a lapland bunting over the ringing rides. Grounded migrants included 3 wheatear, 2 whinchat, 3 stonechat, small numbers of chiffchaff and goldcrest and another 260 meadow pipit and 2 tree pipit feeding in the farm fields and on the reptile translocation site.

Meadow pipits were also a feature at the farm ringing rides which ended up being the second best day for ringed meadow pipits at the site. It was also the second best day for ringed chiffchaff at the Quarry ringing ride but the highlight for many was seeing a grasshopper warbler in the hand, which is only the second of the species ringed at the site.

23rd September 2007, Sunday

Rye Harbour Moths

Catches are starting to feel very ‘autumnal’ now, with relatively few species and individuals, and this morning was no exception. The commonest species were the micro Light Brown Apple Moth (10 individuals), Square-spot Rustic (9) and Large Yellow Underwing (7). Highlights were a White-point and a couple of L-album Wainscot (below), both species generally recorded as migrants, but which are undoubtedly breeding locally.