Friday, 5 September 2014

Icterine Warbler; Portland

Overcast and warm, 20º, misty, reduced visibility and no wind!

A steady day with birds turning up throughout the day. Missed a very elusive Ortolan Bunting but saw the Icterine Warbler that was trapped, ringed and released.

A   Great-spotted Woodpecker turned up briefly in the garden.

Early afternoon an impressive 1000+ Swallow had accumulated over the Bill area, maybe reluctant to leave given the visibility? They were initially feeding low over the fields (also 3 Sand Martin and 1 House Martin noted with the flock) but later they started to gain altitude and by 16:30 all had gone.

1+ Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Curlew.

2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel and 4 Sparrowhawk.

60+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipit, 50+ Meadow Pipit, 25+ Robin, 29 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Icterine Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 7 Common Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 28 Willow Warbler (incl a northern race bird), 2 Goldcrest, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher.

Dragonflies; Common Darter.

Butterflies; Red Admiral, Small White, Common Blue.

 Icterine Warbler

 Recently fledged Goldfinch
 Adult Goldfinch
Poplar Hawk Moth Caterpillar 

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