Sunday, October 08, 2006

Still blows from the West

Here on the east coast we obviously pray for weather systems that have any hint of an easterly ( or even northerly) origin. So far this autumn I think we have had about two days (which happened to be the two days AFTER the three day break I took in September!). So with continuing westerly elements for the foreseeable future I was glad of the chance yesterday morning to see a little sprite from the east in the form of a Yellow -browed Warbler in the adjacent parish of West Runton. Ian scores yet again following on from his Yellow-breasted Bunting in August. The warbler, all the way from Siberia, showed well but briefly in the buffeting wind, so I didn't manage to get any shots.

This morning saw me down my coastal patch near Sheringham. A beautiful morning with a light southerly breeze, the birding by 'North Norfolk coast in October' standards, was somewhat uneventful. The highlights included Great Northern Diver E, Little Egret W, over 200 Gannets east and west and over 300 large auks with 99% of those identified being Razorbills some of which were not too far out on the sea. Also of note were Marsh Harrier 1E and 1W, a Little Gull over the fields and summer migrants still evident in the shape of Sandwich and Common Terns, Swallow 1W and a Chiffchaff.

A Gillette of Razorbills


Although the moon was as bright as it could get last night I still stuck the moth trap out had a grand total of 11! :
Merville du Jour 2, Beaded Chestnut1, Lunar Underwing 2, Green-brindled Crescent 2, Red-lined Quaker* , Red Green Carpet, Chestnut 1, and Rosy Rustic 2 GYL 182

Red-lined Quaker

Another Merville du Jour (coz I love 'em!)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Had my first one tonight.
Put the trap out and went to check it about 2030hrs to find it pouring down. Swithched off the electrics and did a scout around the trap. Found a Meiveille du Jour on the lawn, getting very wet.

Good mothing