Monday, 19 October 2009

Still No Ouzels For Me

Beer Head first thing was disappointingly quiet, and at about 09:00 a southerly wind started blowing and made the Under Hooken watch point a rather uncomfortable place to be!

A quick look at the sea after this showed that Black-headed Gulls were really on the move, with flock after flock streaming in from the east; some carried on west but most came in and flew up river.

I spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon in the garden, but at about 14:00 had time for a look along the river. Amongst the Gulls I squeezed out three Common and two Meds. The Meds were a first winter and an adult.... this adult in fact....

I always enjoy Med Gulls, they are just soooo smart....

Tonight at Colyford Marsh, amongst the Black-headed Gulls heading down river to roost, there was another first-winter Med and five more Commons.

Had the moth trap out last night, wish I had the same selection that Portland had! Still, in amongst the 21 moths of 11 species, there was a first for the garden. At last Grey Pine Carpet can go on the garden list with certainty...

It was actually very obvious!

Here it is alongside a Pine Carpet

The rest of the catch was made up of: 6 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 4 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 2 Merveille Du Jour, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, and singles of: Large Yellow Underwing, Angle Shades, Feathered Ranunculus, Pine Carpet, Yellow-lined Quaker and Beaded Chestnut.

I'll shall end this post with a photo of my third and fourth 'French-named pretty green one'....

They are soooooo brilliant!

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