Thursday, 15 December 2016

Llangynwyd last night.

     3 Mottled umber to the actinic, Winter moth and Chestnut found on trees by torchlight.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Nash yesterday. PP+PT


     Black redstart

     Black redstart

    Nash church.
    No sign of the Richard's pipit today. 2 Black redstart on the lighthouse buildings,
    4 Yellowhammer and Fulmars back on the cliffs.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Nash point yesterday.

    Richards pipit

    Richards pipit

    Richards pipit


   I visited Nash point yesterday, hoping to see a Lapland bunting reported the previous day.
   No sign of the bunting, just Reed buntings and a Yellowhammer amongst the Skylark flock.
   On the way back through the lighthouse grounds I stopped to photograph a Stonechat on the
   stone wall and noticed Pipit activity in the grassy field behind it. On scanning the field, a
   larger, paler pipit was behind the Meadow pipit flock. It looked good for Richards pipit and
   ID was confirmed when it flew and uttered it's diagnostic call. A few others managed to see
   it but it was not seen after 2pm and was not present today.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Out of the valley in Gloucester last night.

    MV light under Field maples.

    Plumed prominent.

    Plumed prominent.

    Feathered thorn.


    December moth.

   Acleris sparsana.
   Also of note Caloptilia semifascia and Ypsolopha ustella.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Middletown, Gower yesterday. PP, PT.

    The worms head.


   Bloody nosed beetle.

    Pallas warbler.

    Pallas warbler.

    Pallas warbler.

   Hume's leaf warbler.

  Hume's leaf warbler.
  Paul and I did the western tip of the Gower yesterday, starting at Middleton, where a possible
  Hume's leaf warbler was reported calling the day before and plenty of Yellow browed warblers,
  amongst other things, had been seen the past week. Two other birders were there at first
  light and it was initially quiet, although a Yellow browed warbler showed after an hour. After
  another hour, and with only YBW and Chiffchaff seen well, we decided to walk the Vine lane to
  the coast and loop back through the fields. There was good vismig, with thrushes aplenty and
  around 4000 Wood pigeon going over west. A pair of Chough were on the cliffs and flocks of
  Starlings, Skylarks and a few Reed buntings were in the weedy fields. On walking back up the
  lane, we stopped to photograph some insects and I heard a warbler call in the hedge behind us.
  On searching for the bird, it flew right past me from behind and low to the ground. A green  bird
  and square yellow rump could only be one thing, it faced me as it landed and I called to Paul,
  "Pallas warbler!"  The bird was quite showy for a  few seconds, then became quite mobile,
  moving up the hedge towards Middleton. I managed a short burst of record shots but within
  around two minutes, it flew into a dense patch and that was the last we saw of it, despite a
  search. Back at Middleton, we spent another couple of hours in the garden, hearing and
  seeing another YBW, then, just as we were about to leave, the distinctive call of a Hume's
  leaf warbler. It popped up in an Apple tree and was visible for 30 seconds or so, long enough
  for a few more record shots. Not an easy bird to catch up with, but we got lucky eventually.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Merthyr mawr last night.

    Red green carpet.

    Dark sword grass.

    Feathered thorn.

    Cypress carpet.

   Caloptilia azaleella.
   16 species in total, I would have stayed longer but the bulb blew after 3 hours.