Saturday, 1 May 2010

100 acre field

An early morning walk at 100 acre field, Sandwich Bay hoping for some migrants grounded by the early morning rain. On arrival there were 8 Wheatear's on the fence line, a promising start! Unfortunately it was the bird highlight too, the wheatear count got up to 37 in total which was very good compared to the rest of the spring so far. Other than that, a single yellow wag, reed and sedge warblers and a few Whimbrel were the best of the rest.
I did manage to flush a moth from the Marram grass, luckily no one was around to watch me chasing the little blighter for about for a few mins. I thought it must be worth catching as its a migrant hotspot, sand dune and early in the year. The result was a macro tick in the form of Oblique Striped (1718) I think it is anyway, see photo.
On my return home the garden held singing Blackcap, Garden Warbler, whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Turtle Dove and a pair of Bullfinches. Its currently raining again so may be worth another look when it stops.

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