First-winter male Blackbird - Warren View
A quiet end to the month. Nick and I covered Orcombe from first light but recorded just 5+ Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, 85+ Starlings, 1 Reed Bunting and 1 Grey Wagtail.
I made a more concerted effort to count stuff yesterday morning, and recorded 9+ Song Thrushes, 11+ Goldcrests, 28+ Robins, 11+ Blackbirds, 4 Chiffchaffs, 32+ Chaffinches, 15+ Pied Wagtails, 36+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Kestrel, 3 Redwings, 10+ Greenfinches, c70+ Linnets, c40+ Goldfinches, 1 Curlew, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat and 16 Starlings.
Amongst the massive numbers of wildfowl off Mudbank there were 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 2 Teal, 32 Little Egrets, 50+ Redshanks and 180+ Turnstones.
The moths have taken a bit of a back seat of late, but last night I recorded reasonable numbers that included Black Rustic, Red-line Quaker, Beaded Chestnut, Lunar Underwing, Angle Shades, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Green-brindled Crescent, Silver Y, Feathered Ranunculus, Rusty-dot Pearl, Double-striped Pug, Southern Bell (Crocidosema plebejana), Ruddy Streak, Garden Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Red-green Carpet and Spruce Carpet.
Common Marbled Carpet
Southern Bell - Crocidosema plebejana