Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Portland Mix

Sunny, 20°, light NW.

The day dawned bright and sunny with most of yesterday’s migrants that had departed and an initial flurry of diurnal migrants on their way out.

Around 12 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Tree Pipit and 6 Siskin flew out over the Obs.

Other species noted today were: 10+ Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Common Whitethroat, 10+ Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart, 5 Stonechat, 1 Wryneck, 1 Firecrest, Little Owl, a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine Falcon, c100 Swallow, c40 House Martin, 2 Swift and a Ringed Plover.

The sea today was exceptionally quite with a few Gannet, a Grey Heron and a Balearic Shearwater both flew west.

Dragonflies: Emperor and Common Darter.

Butterflies: Large White, Common Blue, Chalk-hill Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown.

Moths: to many to mention here, the pick is, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Convolvulus Hawkmoth, Silver-Y, Oak Eggar and a rare migrant, a Diamond-spot Pearl.

A few photos from today including the most photographed hand in the UK?

 Pied Flycatcher
 Tree Pipit
 Convolvulus Hawkmoth
 Diamond-spot Pearl
 Oak Eggar (courtesy Loren)
 Willow Warbler
Painted Lady

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