Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hobbies on the move?

A few sunny spells, 16º, light to fresh WNW.

A few hours spent on the hill today, the walk out was uneventful with a few Yellowhammer and Chiffchaff present and a Hobby flew past me heading south. This was the first of 4 that appeared as on the hill a couple of hours later 2 more Hobby flew in from the east, caught a thermal, gained altitude and the flew off south over the downs then around 40 minutes later another Hobby flew over the hill again heading south.

The Redstart still around and calling frequently still, 2 Common Whitethroat and a few Chiffchaff also several small parties of Swallows moving through totalling approx 35 in all and 2 Yellow Wagtail also flew over.

Several Red Kite, a Buzzard and c4 Kestrel in the area.

TW had a Wheatear a few days ago, the first of the autumn.

Dragonflies; Several Common Darter, 2 Migrant Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker and a Brown Hawker.

Butterflies fewer; Several Small White and Speckled Wood, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue and another Clouded Yellow.

The Clouded Yellow was difficult to track down as it kept disappearing when it clouded up, eventually tracking it down in a field of stubble. When the sunshine appeared it flew off strongly south!

A Southern Hawker hunting in the garden late afternoon and the Tawny Owls active in the garden tonight. 

 Clouded Yellow
                                           Common Darter 

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