Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Redstart, White Wagtails and Hobby

Our walk at the pond this morning was hampered by a strong southerly wind gusting at over 35mph and very difficult to remain standing but at least it brought a few migrants in with at least 4 White Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatears and a pair of Redstarts which were feeding off the fence of the field behind farborough spit, distant but a welcome sight and record. Increase in hirundines especially House Martins and the only birds of note were Raven, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting and a Gadwall. Plenty of Blackcaps now in.
The garden had Hobby going over west and House Martin south today while yesterday both Cormorant and Swallow noted.
Still not seen a butterfly at pond but Peacock on 15th Small Tortieshel yesterday and Peacock and Comma this afternoon  - all in my garden.
Moth numbers are doing well with over 30 recorded last night though species number is poor for this time of year.

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