Monday 8 May 2017

Blue-headed Wagtail and Spot Fly

When it's good on Orcombe in the evening you know you've missed stuff! A Blue-headed Wagtail was in the newly rolled field at the top of Gore Lane late this afternoon, associating with a bunch of 6 Wheatear. A beautiful male Redstart was in the corner of the same field with a female across the road in the old dung field, and a further male in the Bristol Schools camp. Also 2 Willow Warblers (both big, washed-out colourless individuals - presumably northern birds) and my first Spotted Flycatcher of the spring. A flyover Greenshank was a good record for Orcombe.
Yesterday Rupert and I had a Red Kite flying just above tree-top height near Wright's Lane. It was heading towards the town.

Female Redstart - the 3 birds this evening take the spring Orcombe total to at least 10 birds - by far the highest number I've ever had in a spring.

Very ropey shot of the Spotted Flycatcher, glimpsed only briefly before going in to hiding.

Diamond-back Moth doing a pretty good camouflage job!

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