Archive for October 27th, 2008

27th October 2008, Monday

Red-breasted Flycatcher

The highlight of the day was a first-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher which spent most of the day around the Old Lighthouse or railway station (having been reported by the pagers the previous night) and frequently giving excellent views.

Red-breasted Flycatcher

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There was a handful of other grounded migrants including a Woodcock, 22 Blackbirds, two Dartford Warblers, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, a Firecrest and 20 Goldcrests. There was also a steady trickle of birds overhead during the morning which included a Marsh Harrier, two Rock Pipits, five Tree Sparrows, 95 Chaffinches, eight Bramblings, 30 Siskins and 65 Redpolls.

David Walker from DBO website

27th October 2008, Monday

Dark Sword-grass

This unusual-looking moth, Agrotis ipsilon – a first for me – was in my trap in Rye yesterday. It’s a dart moth related to the common Turnip, Heart & Dart, etc., but larger (about an inch long) and a Continental immigrant most numerous in the autumn on mild southerly winds, such as we had over the weekend. Today’s fare was the more normal Yellow-line Quaker, November Moth, Large Wainscot and Green-brindled Crescent.