Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Early autumn birding and moths

August 2015

Moth trapping and regular birding through the month, mainly in North Norfolk. Visits to Cley and Titchwell produced the expected selection of autumn waders including Little Stints, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and lots of Ruff. Seeing Knot, Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plovers, Turnstones and both races of Black-tailed Godwits (2 juvenile limosa at Cley through much of the month) some in summer plumage made entertaining viewing. Ducks began to return through the month with Wigeon numbers increasing and the first four Pintail of the autumn at Cley on 29th. 

Black-tailed Godwit - Titchwell
Spoonbills were still seen regularly but in ever decreasing numbers - just a single at Titchwell on 28th. 

Red-backed Shrike - Kelling Water Meadows

Classic drift migrants appeared in the second part of the month including a very showy Icterine Warbler at Burnham Overy Dunes, a juvenile Red-backed Shrike at Kelling Water Meadows and an elusive, but eventually well seen Booted Warbler at Gramborough Hill. A few Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warblers plus a late Cuckoo one morning provided a supporting cast. 

Icterine Warbler - Burnham Overy Dunes

On 30 August a walk along the coast at Warham Greens produced a small group of sylvia Warblers in the eastern quarry. At least six Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Common Whitethroat were found and a Barred Warbler appeared briefly at the back of the main quarry showing its distinctive chevroned undertail coverts. We waited for over an hour hoping it would re-appear but to no avail. 

Booted Warbler - Gramborough Hill

The Cley gull roost built up in the late evenings and provided entertaining viewing as various sizes, shapes and colours of Lesser Black-backed Gulls came in for the night. Several Barn Owls and a calling Little Owl which showed briefly one morning were nice to see, and Buzzards, a Red Kite, loads of Marsh Harrier, two Hobby, a Peregrine and lots of Kestrels. 

Probable Baltic Gull - Cley

Sunset over Cley Marshes
Nothing proved interesting and confusing with a number of new species and several I struggled to identify. A Fen Wainscot and a couple of Small Mottled Willow were good records. I'd appreciate any help on the identifications.

Dingy Footman
Six-striped Rustic
Square-spot Rustic
Fen Wainscot
Cloaked Minor
Small Mottled Willow
Square-spot Rustic
Pale Eggar
Small Mottled Willow
Vine's Rustic