Friday, 1 September 2006

Bird news

Friday, 1st September
  • Friday 1/9, 13:30 - Hobby south over Sandy train station. (Jamie Wells)
  • 1 pm: Raven calling from trees at the east end of the garden again (same one as Wednesday?), before flying in an easterly direction. (Katie Fuller, Lucinda King, Mark Ward; IKD, DFD)
  • 12.50 pm: A [family?] group of four nuthatches in a yew tree overlooking the Memorial Garden (Katie Fuller)
  • The large hornet-mimic hoverfly Volucella zonaria feeding on Buddleia to west of swimming pool from at least 1200 to 1300 (JOS, IKD, DFD)
Thursday, 31st August
  • 17:20 - Hummingbird Hawkmoth around Buddleia by the stable block. (Jamie Wells)
  • Sedge warbler in the vegetation on one of the floating rafts in the swimming pool, then in the main flowerbed in front of the house (4 pm). Swift and hobby earlier. (Rob Hume)
  • Adult hobby flew west along Stratford Road just south of the reserve at lunchtime (Katie Fuller, Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth again on Verbena in Memorial Garden (Lynn Giddings)
  • Hummingbird hawk moths in the memorial garden and at the buddleia behind the house at lunchtime. Also a comma on the buddleia at west end of swimming pool. (Mark Ward)
  • This morning, still one Swift from my window. (Mark Ward)
  • A remarkable encounter with two adult hobbies today - no more than 50 feet away as I stood on the Plateau - one was carrying what appeared to be a greenfinch! Also a single swift over west. 10:45-11:00. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Wednesday, 30th August
  • 3 swifts lingering outside my window/over the plateau this morning and a hummingbird hawk moth on the buddleia at the back of the house. (Mark Ward)
  • Watching various greenish dragonflies (Migrant Hawkers?) hawking over the bracken at the southern end of the plateau, when a hobby raced into view, bombed around a bit and then was gone. Great stuff! Yours, excited of marketing. (Stephen Noble)
  • A vivid fresh Comma on the meadow & Speckled Woods near the hide; lots of Migrant Hawkers & Common Darters everywhere. (Nigel Willits)
Tuesday, 29th August
  • On Tuesday I heard and saw a Spotted Flycatcher with a mixed flock south of the hide. (Mark Ward)
  • Canary-shouldered Thorn (Snipe) & Light Emeralds (Osprey) on the walls & still quite a few Lesser Swallow Prominents. (Nigel Willits)

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