Friday, 22 September 2006

Bird news

Friday, 22nd September
  • 20 mistle and three song thrushes settled briefly by the Stableblock at 1045hrs before heading north over the Meadow. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Thursday, 21st September
  • Hobby and buzzard seen a couple of times in morning over the quarry (Ellen Collier and Katie Fuller)
  • Hobby over Avocet, Thursday morning (Paul Donald)
  • Hobby hunting over the meadow this morning (Ian Hayward)
  • 8.55 am: 52 house martins over Quarry car park before drifting east (Darren Oakley-Martin, Katie Fuller)
Wednesday, 20th September
  • Southern Hawker male at fish pond. Peacock & Red Admiral in sunny patches along bridleway, Speckled Wood & Comma on meadow. Female-type Blackcap wolfing blackberries by the hide - perhaps stocking up for the long trip ahead. (Nigel Willits)
  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth in gardens (IKD, DFD; Lynn Giddings)
  • A visitor reported a lesser spotted woodpecker by the hide at 1200hrs today. This would be the first here since Dave Buckingham's on 16 September 2005. (per Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Two adult hobbies performing superbly over The Quarry all morning today (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Tuesday, 19th September
  • A tree pipit calling over The Meadow at 1550hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Numerous Migrant Hawkers & Common Darters, especially east of gardens & around Jack's Pond.
  • Yellow-tail male on north Snipe - 2nd gen or late 1st? (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 18th September
  • Painted Lady in the gardens among plenty of Commas and Red Admirals, and 2 Small Coppers. (IKD, DFD)
  • Small Copper & Small Heath on the meadow. Silver Y disturbed from veg in garden (1st for several weeks). (Nigel Willits)
  • Three common buzzards over the Quarry and two swallows through south at 1045hrs (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • A trickle of yellow wagtails over The Plateau at 0850hrs (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Sunday, 17th September
  • 9 grey partridges in the borage field at Sandy Heath Quarry, then 7 red-legged partridges in the quarry, plus one little owl sunbathing and a meadow pipit heading south. Visitors reported a kingfisher flying past the hide and 2 grass snakes at the long pond behind Reprographics. (Neil Renwick)
Thursday, 14th September
  • Grass Snake, approx 18" long by Miss Flashman's bench, Quarry trail. (Andrew Hay, Lesley Norman).

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