Thursday, 27 September 2012

Lavernock Point

Excellent passage of hirundines with over 1000 each of house martin & swallows. Bushes very quiet with a few finches, mainly Chaffinch and Linnet & 2 Chiffchaffs. About 100 Meadow Pipits and 20+ Sky Larks in the stubble fields. Buzzard & Sparrowhawk over.
Leps: Red Admiral (4) & Small White (10).
Migrant Hawker (2) & Common Darter (2, in tandem)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Cosmeston

13 Mistle Thrush nr the dragonfly pond and 1 Wheatear too. A few Sand Martin over W lake. V boggy anywhere off the paths!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Cosmeston

Back after a very pleasant week in N. Devon. 3 Teal were on W lake this morning. Around 20 ea of House and Sand Martin feeding over the water. 3 Green 'Peckers and a couple of Jays were not unexpected. A Chiffchaff was just beyond the dragonfly pond.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Lavernock, 10.00am-12.45pm

1st stubble field on right on Fort Rd before LWTR, 10.00-10.30am: Meadow Pipit (75, many in field before setting off), Skylark (4), Linnet (81), Swallow (50), House Martin (1), Sand Martin (2), Goldfinch (8), Reed Bunting (1) all vismig;
present: Buzzard (2), Sparrowhawk (1 m.), Raven (1), Jay (2), Chiffchaff (2).

Lavernock Point, 10.30am-12.45pm, vismig: Meadow Pipit (128), Swallow (403), House Martin (81), Sand Martin (12), Chaffinch (8), Goldfinch (91), Siskin (2), Skylark (7), Reed Bunting (2), Linnet (15);
present: Goldcrest (1), Chiffchaff (6), Blackcap (6), Jackdaw (175), Coal Tit (2), Buzzard (2), Raven (1), Green Woodpecker (1).

JR, SRH

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Lavernock Point

A nice walk around the point this am was very pleasant indeed. Lots of hirundines moving, with c800 swallows and c650 house martins and a max of 10 sand martins. A large number of mixed corvids were feeding in the stubble fields including a single rook, in with these were a few sky larks and meadow pipits. Very quiet in the bushes however with just a single common whitethroat & blackcap, 3 chiffchaffs and the highlight a grasshopper warbler in the second stubble field. A few goldfinches overhead.
Leps: Red Admiral (1) with large and small white.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Cosmeston

Not much on the bird front apart from a few Chiffchaff and mixed hirundines flying over. Also 1 Peregrine v high.  However thanks to the sharp eyes of walking companion Brian the young fox below was seen from within Cogan Wood, looking out to the fields behind. Hand held 400mm, no light so some shake and hence heavy sharpening of cropped image.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Lavernock LNR

No bird activity to speak of. Main floral colours were from Common Fleabane, Knapweed & Scabious.     A lot of Siver Y moths and Speckled Woods on the wing.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Cosmeston

1 Spotted Flycatcher - in hedgerow by the brook beyond the dovecote field, plus Chiffhcaff. W paddock hedgerow - 20 Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Chaffinch. 30+ House Martin over high.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Cosmeston

1 fem/imm Common Redstart in main hedgerow of W paddock and also 1 Chiffchaff. In addition a rather feeble attempt at song by a Willow Warbler in same hedge. Ad pair of Green Woodpeckers by dragonfly pond [there's been a juv there recently too so I guess they've bred]. 30 Canadas turned up and there are now 25 Tufted duck