Friday, 7 August 2009

Passerine Migration Underway!

Lesser Whitethroat Oystercatcher
Willow Warbler
Juvenile Cuckoo - last year's in same place as today
Record shot of Linnet
Record shot of Kestrel
Common Blue
Common Blue (female)
Painted Lady
Small Copper
The southerly wader migration has been noticeable for several weeks, but today was the first day this year I could really say, that the passerine migration is also underway. The first one I spotted was the Whinchat at post number 32, followed by plenty of Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, and especially of Lesser Whitethroats. There were a pair of Yellow Wagtails outside the warren, and just south of here a Tree Pipit was identified, as was another at Chalk Bank. A Grey Wagtail flew south, and at least 2 Redstarts were seen; one in a garden & one near the gate. At Sammy's Point there were at least 3 Kestrels; one of which was being mobbed by a juvenile Cuckoo. If anyone gets fed up of chasing the birds, Sammy's Point was absolutely dripping with butterflies (these are conservative totals): 40+ Common Blues, 2 Small Coppers, 2 Peacocks, 5 Painted Ladies, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, a Meadow Brown, and my first Wall Brown of the year. Unfortunately, it didn't stay still to be photographed.

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