Monday, 28 September 2009

Much the same birds as the previous day were still present, with little immigration augmenting the numbers. The Firecrest was still at the plantation, and counts of other small migrants included 32 Chiffchaffs, seven Blackcaps, six Goldcrests, two Willow Warblers, five Wheatears, four Grey Wagtails and just one each of Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Song Thrush and Starling. After the big hirundine arrival of the day before, counts of just six Swallows and four House Martins seemed particularly paltry. A Lapland Bunting was seen flying over the observatory and a Redpoll, 15 Goldfinches and 24 Chaffinches were also recorded overhead. Two Mediterranean Gulls and 46 Black-headed Gulls flew by at sea, the Bar-tailed Godwit was still on the beach and a Water Rail was still in the withies.

It was another good night for moths, with Red-line Quaker and Dark Sword-grass amongst high numbers of Lunar Underwings and Feathered Ranunculus.

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