Saturday, 18 September 2010

The wind eased during the night and a few more migrants had trickled through by the morning. 7 Goldcrests were on Pencristin and near the boat house, a few Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were in the withies, five Blackcaps were in Cristin garden and a Spotted Flycatcher was in Ty Pellaf garden. The low temperature really gave the day an autumnal feel and high up the first flocks of Chaffinches of the autumn could be seen flying south overhead. 68 Meadow Pipits, 38 Chaffinches, 7 Goldfinches, 5 Redpolls and 11 Grey Wagtails also made their way south throughout the morning. A Reed Bunting joined the linnets in the sunflower patch and the Common Rosefinch remained near Ty Capael. A couple of Tree Pipits on the south end were the only other birds of note today.

Goldcrest. (c) Ben Porter

Stonechat. (c) Ben Porter

Common Rosefinch. (c) Ben Porter

Due to the past week being so windy, the moth trap was only put out for the first time in a while last night. The usual autumn moth suspects were found in the morning with Feathered Ranunculus (top) and Lunar Underwing being the majority of the catch. An Autumnal Rustic (bottom) was also amongst the other moths. (c) Ben Porter

1 comment:

  1. Amazing photos, Ben...especially the Firecrests. The moths look great, it's a shame I missed them! Think I saw a Golden Oriel many points do I get?! Rachel