Sunday 19 September 2021

Orange Sallow

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.

Mudbank today - 53 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Teal, c5/600+ Wigeon, 130+ Pintail, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 48+ Little Egrets, 2 Whimbrel, 1 juvenile Spotted Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Orcombe early on - 12 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 'alba' wagtails, 4 Chaffinches, a high-flying Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Ring-necked Parakeets.

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.

L-album Wainscot.


  1. Matt
    Would be interested in seeing a Clouded Yellow if you spot one.
    Many thanks.
    John and Sally

  2. Hi John, Hi Sally - recommend spending time on Orcombe - you'll hopefully just bump into them. I had up to three this afternoon but all were on the move so no photos. If we get some more nice still, sunny conditions you should be in with a chance. All the best. Matt