Saturday, 22 August 2015

Busy MV

A fairly quiet day on the peninsular avian wise. Very few migrants around the trapping area this morning per AJG. A sea watch this afternoon left the notebook empty. Fortunately there were at least a dozen Harbour Porpoises and Grey Seal to entertain us. (at least there were 2 Balearic Shearwaters yesterday).
An afternoon visit to the ARC thanks to a tip off from SO, saw 2 elusive Pied Flycatchers near the Screen Hide and Spotted Flycatcher at the pines. Hanson Hide was packed and with the temperature in the high twenties I gave it a miss. Yesterday from Hanson among all the usual birds that have been around for a while I counted 68 Golden Plovers, which is not unusual, what was remarkable was that there was only 1 juvenile among them, which does not bode well.
This evening from Springfield Bridge 2 Great White Egrets, a Bittern, 3 Marsh Harriers, 6 Swifts and c40 Yellow Wagtails of note.
At Galloways this evening 2 Pied Flycatchers on the bend, also 3 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears and several each of Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat.
 Grey Seal
 Pied Flycatcher
 Ni Moth
A very busy MV this morning with 344 macros of 54 species including Ni Moth and Gem both new for me, another 5 Small Mottled Willows, a Bordered Straw,double figures of Noctuella and a whopping 111 Setaceous Hebrew Character. 

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