Autumn has started quietly on the patch. On Wednesday I put some nets up for a ringing
session. I caught a mixture of adult and juvenile warblers (chiffchaff, willow and sedge warblers, blackcap), which I presume were all local birds as nothing was carrying any fat. I also caught a grasshopper warbler,
a female with the remains of a brood patch, very close to where a male was singing for a few nights four weeks ago. A bullfinch was calling nearby but I didn't catch it.
I also caught a few robins, wrens, a chaffinch and a tree sparrow. I watched a stunning juvenile marsh harrier
flying over the Budge fields, right in front of the little hide - no photographers at that hour!
I spent some time on the patch today. A Saturday night out at the Cluny meant it wasn't an early start. I think all of the birds were asleep by the time I arrived.
|Little grebe - asleep|
|Mute swan - asleep|
|This common gull must have had no 'craic' as the black-headed gull was obviously bored|
There were three juvenile ruff
and black-tailed godwit (which was also asleep for much of the time) from the little hide and two common sandpipers
on the far bank of the big pool.
There were a few 'wheeting' phylloscs in the bushes and a family of four juvvy blackcaps. I checked the fences and bushes at the north end for whinchats but none were found. I photographed some insects as there were no birds about.
|Lime-speck Pug on wield|
|Noon fly or Noonday fly on knapweed|
I headed back to the patch this evening, hoping the high-tide might have pushed some waders off their usual haunts. Six oystercatchers and five turnstones
flew south, but not the hoped-for knot or grey plover. Three red-throated divers were on the sea - they were asleep too!
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