Friday, 11 September 2009

Another fine sunny morning, if a bit chilly, with a NNE wind blowing. My usual short morning visit across Migrant Alley before work, produced a flyover YELLOW WAGTAIL and another glimpse of the 'brown Warbler', in exactly the same place as it has been all week now, maybe it will overwinter :-).

I also had good views of a TURTLE DOVE, and I got my fill of it, as surely this will be the last sighting of one until next April.

My afternoon visit was much the same as yesterday, I sneaked up on the brown warbler, and confirmed it was a SEDGE, i'll not complain at that, it's a good bird for my patch. Again two HOBBIES toyed with anything that was flying near them, they were around most of the 2 hours I was out. A distant Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were seen hunting off patch, but again there were no Whinchat or wheatear, I can't help feeling i'm missing them go through, whilst I'm working. However, i'll be out tomorrow all morning, hopefully one or the other will show. I don't expect a big species list tomorrow, there will be a lot of summer visitors that have left, but maybe I'll get the 3 species needed to equal the Sept, record. I can only really think of two with a decent chance of being seen though, Kingfisher or maybe the local Peregrine, I havn't had Lesser Whitethroat or Garden Warbler this month, but the odds are lengthening by the day of finding those species.

Whilst sneaking up on the Sedge Warbler a Clouded yellow butterfly came past, I saw it alight on some weeds and thought i'd get a pic of it, as I havn't got any photo's of this butterfly species.

Below is my first Clouded Yellow photo, the hind wing was much greener than in the photo, and the top wing was the yellowest of yellows.


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Well done with the Clouded Yellow shots .
It looks in great condition .

Dean said...

I`ve still not had a Clouded Yellow, this year, Warren. Nice pics, btw.
Good luck for the weekend. Depending on what time i wake up, i might try for Tawny/Barn Owl.

Rambling Rob said...

I'm very envious of your Clouded Yellow, Warren - they've been giving me the run around all season without a single photo.

ShySongbird said...

I'm very, very envious, I don't think I have ever seen one but looking them up, I don't think I am far enough south.

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
The butterfly shots are really great. Well You are still less than half of September still plenty of time to get these 3 species left!! Cross your fingers!

swatson said...

what a beautiful butterfly Warren well done

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Warren: I love that Clouded Yellow shot.