Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Portland: Birds & Bugs, Day 4

Cloudy the sunny then cloudy, 18°, light SE.

Another slow day with a reasonable numbers of commoner migrants and around midday the sun came out and almost everything seemed to vanish taking advantage of the warmer conditions and better visibility!

A few Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and Grey Wagtail over early morning and a Barn Owl hunting around the Obs area.

Again just ones or twos of the following: Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, and Whinchat. Slightly higher numbers of Wheatear, Blackcap and Chiffchaff and a few hundred Meadow Pipit.

Also a good number of Swallow passed through in a relatively short space of time with 400+ noted.

Also the Wryneck seen again today.

Dragonflies: Common Darter.

Butterflies: Large White, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Small Heath.

Moths: Convolvulus Hawk Moth and Hummingbird Hawk Moth of note.

Another insect noted today was a Western Conifer Seed Bug which is a resident of the USA and now breeds here after coming in on cargoes of wood etc.


Western Conifer Seed Bug

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