Sunday, 13 September 2009

An interesting Acrocephalus warbler was found at Ty Capel in the morning and a good deal of time was then spent trying to identify it as it crept around deep in the vegetation, only occasionally revealing itself for brief moments. At the end of the day the majority opinion was that it was probably just an unusually pale Reed Warbler. Two Yellowhammers flew south in the early hours, the first Water Rail of the autumn was heard in Cristin Withy, four Goldcrests were in the plantation and a Whinchat was near Cristin. Other passerines included 15 Wheatears, 12 Skylarks, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Siskins, three Goldfinches, 22 Grey Wagtails, seven White Wagtails, 190 Swallows, five House Martins and 120 Meadow Pipits. A Grey Heron, 12 Sandwich Terns and 34 Black-headed Gulls passed by at sea, the Merlin remained on the South End, a Collared Dove arrived at Cristin and a Golden Plover and a Sanderling were the best of the waders.

Two Speckled Woods were at Nant, and three Risso’s Dolphins were off the west coast. The second ever Autumn Green Carpet was in the moth trap, along with a Brindled Ochre.

Autumn Green Carpet (c) Richard Else

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