Saturday, 1 October 2011

Northeasterly brings more migrants to the garden

Local patch: the northeasterly wind is still blowing and this is of course a good factor for migration. Even if the temperatures are still very high for the season (making a quite unusual 1st October), the autumn migrants are just continuing to drop down day by day. The highlight today in the form of 3 "season-firsts" for the patch: a SONG THRUSH (seen in flight over the gardens), a LESSER WHITETHROAT on a nearby pine-tree (nice up close!) and a very nice female COMMON REDSTART flycatching in the garden (from a cherry-tree). 2 Chiffchaffs were also of interest, along with a Short-toed Treecreeper, singing Cirl Bunting, several singing Robins, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcaps and an unusual TREE PIPIT perching on the cherry-tree in the garden for about 10 minutes.
No sign of a House Martin or Swallow today (not even over the woodland).
Butterflies included the usual Red Admirals, 1 Painted Lady and 1 Souther Comma. Also some mid-sized dragonflies around these days, but I couldn't identify them.
Above: Common Redstart photographed few years ago in the patch and today's Tree Pipit (last two shots)

Yesterday of note was a young (alive!) SLOW-WORM on my doorstep. I carefully moved it to a safer spot in the garden. It's one of the few I see this year. Maybe it's just my impression, but they seemed to be commoner years ago. On the bird front quite poor (I didn't even have a proper check): 2 Buzzards, Blackcaps, 1 Swallow (very far) and a flying Green Woodpecker. Wow!