Saturday, 19 October 2013

Yarmouth cemy migrants

An early start at Gt Yarmouth cemetery in the hope of some migrants produced a few nice things.

In the early dawn light a Hawfinch flew over and I was lucky enough to see it land at the top of a bare tree, it was barely light so the pic below is not bad considering! Glad to see another of these beauties after getting a flyover at Strumpshaw on Monday, so good to see it on the deck too.

A huge long tailed tit flock carried at least 2-4 Firecrests, always a joy to see.

Just as I was about to call it a day a Yellow Browed Warbler started calling loudly, this showed well briefly, but not well enough for any pics. Always feels more autumnal with these little stripy jobs around.

Patch update;
1 Ring Ouzel last Sunday
Hawfinch flyover on Monday
2 Snow Buntings flew over the office yesterday (so glad I was walking in the yard when they went over! not easy in Mid Yare)
Total: 154, very happy with the score so far, especially seeing as my target was 150!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Migrants- moths of course no birds here!

With last nights min temp at 14 degrees with a southerly airflow, I put the traps out at Strumpshaw.
This morning I had fairly high hopes that I should have a migrant or two.... I was right I had 2 proper migrant species.

Of 30 species in the trap the undoubted highlights were a male and female Four Spotted Footman, my first in Norfolk and by all accounts a good record for inland Norfolk, coming in at second place were 3 Dark Sward Grass and rather oddly in third place Merveille du jour (4).

I also had a look around Cantley Beet factory and found nothing worth mentioning!
Patchwork challenge update- up to 151 at the moment having added Whinchat and much more surprisingly 2 Sandwich Terns that flew over the reception broad while I had 15 insurance brokers doing a work party (what timing, and I almost certainly looked like a nob while I ran for my bins!) Still what a Mid Yare bird!
I did mange to change my day off from tomorrow (SW wind and nice) to Friday (Strong NE and rain) much better! so I'm, quite looking forward to the weekend now, there's chance of a yellow browed yet (hopefully something better though!)