Saturday 11 September 2021

Clouded Yellow

Just the one Clouded Yellow on Orcombe but it's my first of the autumn.

No Yellow Wagtails on Orcombe today, for the first time in a while. It was pretty quiet in general but I did manage to record 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Meadow Pipits, at least 4 Grey Wagtails, 3 'alba' wagtails, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Wheatear, c30 Swallows, 5 Ravens and a small arrival of phylloscs that included at least 3 Willow Warblers and 6 Chiffchaffs.
Off Mudbank - 1 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 7 Redshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 162 Curlew, 10 Shelducks, 57 Mute Swans, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 30+ Little Egrets, 60+ Common Terns, several Sandwich Terns and, at last, a juvenile Arctic Tern.
A Hobby was hunting over Courtlands this afternoon - another species that I've had little luck with this autumn.

 Small Copper.


  1. Love that top shot of the Clouded Yellow. Didn't see any on my last visit to the North Downs last week but had seen them on the previous two visits. Always great to see.

  2. Thanks Neil - they're gradually picking up down here - small numbers on the last two visits to Orcombe. All the best. Matt