Just 3 Wheatears on a quick Orcombe visit and at Blackhill/Woodbury - 13 Tufted Ducks, 3 Little Grebes, 6 Dartford Warblers, 1 Whinchat, 1 Siskin and 11 Swallows through.
Wigeon - Mudbank.
Wigeon - Mudbank.
Small Coppers on Ragwort.
Crap photo but two of this evening's twenty Yellow Wagtails. A similar number was present yesterday evening too.
Orange Sallow. Only the second time I've seen this species. The first was one at a light in the Bristol Schools camp, almost exactly 3 years ago. It's not a rare species but until last night I've never had one in the trap.
Juvenile Bar-tailed Godwits have been showing well off Mudbank of late. Of this morning's 11, two were sporting yellow flags on their right legs and red rings on their right. Both ringed birds were together but unfortunately they were too far out to photograph or read ring/flag details. Apparently Lee had much more success with them over at the Warren.
I photographed this magnificent Kestrel from the car. Its perch, at Maer farm, is the same one I used to regularly see a Little Owl on, but that was many years ago now.
There are still loads of Meadow Pipits in the top fields and a fair few were passing overhead today. Photo opportunities were, however, extremely limited.
These juv/female-type Mandarins were on Blackhill Quarry this evening - the second time I've seen this species here. Also on tonight's dog-walk - 6 Tufted Ducks, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 1 Dartford Warbler and 7 Swallows.
Glossy Ibis. I came home at lunch-time to find a text from Rupert. Without checking what time it was sent I just shot down to Mudbank, shoelaces still untied. The tide was in and I assumed it would have flown but no, it was still there and showing brilliantly. Many thanks Rupert!
Radford's Flame Shoulder. I've seen this species before but, like the Clifden Nonpareil, I've not personally trapped it, so this was a very welcome sight in an otherwise fairly 'to be expected' moth trap.
Two Dark Sword-grass and a Rusty Dot Pearl were the only other immigrant species trapped last night, which is surprising given the huge numbers of Silver Y around at the moment.
Whinchat - one of two in the top fields this afternoon.
A terrible photo but at least it serves as a record of this afternoon's juvenile Spotted Redshank.
Prochoreutis sehestediana or myllerana. One of the two but not sure which one. I'm tempted to go myllerana as the white dusting appears to cover less than half the width of the forewing. Any helpful comments welcome.
Almost bird-less on Orcombe this afternoon. A little bit better yesterday with 7 Tree Pipits, 6+ Grey Wagtails, 7+ Yellow Wagtails, 3 'alba' wagtails, 7 Meadow Pipits, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Wheatear, 4 House Martins, 1 Whitethroat, c50+ Swallows and a Sedge Warbler logged.
The incomparable Olive-tree Pearl. A couple Silver Ys were the only other immigrants.
The incomparable Burnished Brass!
Just the one Clouded Yellow on Orcombe but it's my first of the autumn.