Birding In The Kingdom Of Rheged

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Most of the week I have been carrying out bird surveys in the former Kingdom of Rheged! Outside of natural history one of my interests, when I have time, is history, and I have my better half Gail to thank for this because she is a real history buff and drags me round lots of historical sites, but not kicking and screaming as I enjoy it!

Rheged was the Britonic speaking region of what is now northern England and southern Scotland during the post-Roman and early Middle Ages era, and as I was in north Cumbria overlooking the Solway with sweeping views to Dumfries and Galloway I was firmly in Rheged. Interestingly I read in a recent copy of 'Current Archaeology' about an excavation of a fort at Trusty's Hill near Gatehouse of Fleet.  Analysis of the artifacts found at this site in the context with other sites and their finds suggest that the Kingdom of Rheged was centred on Galloway early in the 7th century!

Anyway enough history, let's get back to the birds. My first survey was at a site in north Lancs, so not technically in Rheged, although some scholars think that Rheged covered the whole of Lancashire as far south as Rochdale based on place names.

The forecast for this particular morning was pretty good; light cloud, coupled with light winds and not the 'pea-souper' of a mist that engulfed me as I got out of my car. In fact wayward weather forecasts would become a feature of the week! I was at this site for two and a quarter hours and the mist/fog remained stubborn and didn't shift. Luckily I was surveying hedges, so it was less important that I could see far, my ears were the important tool.

It was a fairly quiet walk round and I recorded eight House Sparrows, two Willow Warblers, two Blackcaps, four Lapwings, a Chiffchaff, two Stock Doves, two separate Song Thrushes carrying food, a Buzzard, a Garden Warbler, a pair of Grey Wagtails and two Redstarts.

I also had six Brown Hares and you can see a murky photograph below that gives you and idea how foggy it was!

 This isn't out of focus, nor had my lens steamed up, it's a Brown Hare in 
the mist! 

This is what a Brown Hare should look like when it's not foggy!

Wednesday morning saw me surveying some plantation woodland near Dalston in north Cumbria. Another bland but reasonable forecast of light cloud and light winds. When I arrived at the site it was raining! My BBC weather app. for the area said 0% chance of precipitation! The rain lightened to a light drizzle, and it was just possible to do the survey. If the forecast had said that the weather would have been like this I wouldn't have got up at 3:30 a.m.!

In the drizzle I managed to commit to paper five Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Stock Dove. So, very quiet!  

Thursday morning I was at another plantation woodland survey site with stupendous views over the Solway to Dumfries and Galloway, with the Criffel dominant in the landscape. I was truly in the heart of Rheged here. It was a glorious morning with clear skies, light winds and surprisingly a ground frost!

 Looking back to the North Lakes (above & below)


The Solway

When I could keep my eyes off the views I recorded eleven House Sparrows, two Mistle Thrushes, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Stock Dove, two Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, three Tree Sparrows, a Song Thrush, a Jay, a Garden Warbler, a Goldcrest and a Song Thrush.

It's back to my nest boxes this weekend, so at some point I'll let you know how we got on. Hopefully some Pied Flycatchers will have arrived; fingers crossed!

Manxie Madness

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At weekend one of the bird related things that I had to do was for me and Gail to carry out the first check of our Pied Flycatcher boxes. As this didn't require an early start I decided to do this on the Sunday as I was going to be out, and indeed I was out, on my nephew, Aidan's, stag do Saturday night. So Saturday morning I headed to the Obs for a bit of seawatching.

A few real ales Friday evening prevented me from getting there at the 'crack of dawn', but by 0620 I was in position, scope set up and looking at the sea. Skies were virtually clear with a light southerly breeze, but by 0850 cloud cover had increased to 5 oktas and the wind had swung round to a northwesterly direction and picked up a little.

My first view through my scope was of mayhem! Manx Shearwaters and Sandwich Terns everywhere, and my thoughts were "how on earth was I going to count this lot" and "do I count the Terns or the Manxies first"? It was most certainly 'Manxie madness' out there.

 Manx Shearwaters (honest)

The Manx Shearwaters were constantly moving west out of the Bay, with only a handful doubling back to head east. In addition to this westerly passage was a raft of about 300 birds that would occasionally lift of the sea if disturbed. I have never seen anything like this off the Fylde coast in 42 years of seawatching! I can only assume that there was a plentiful food source in the Bay that they were feeding on in such large numbers.

In total I had 1,293 Manxies, including the raft of 300! In addition to the Manxies I recorded 18 Auk sp., 72 Arctic Terns, 366 Sandwich Terns (another amazing count), 34 Gannets, 76 Common Scoters, six Red-throated Divers, two Great Crested Grebes, two Shelducks, two Eiders, two Common Terns, a Great Skua that harassed the Manxies, six Kittiwakes and a Little Gull.

With all the action on the sea monitoring the vis at the same time was tricky. From the vis perspective the best record was that of a female/immature Marsh Harrier that Ian first picked up a long way out at sea slowly heading south. Sadly it never came close and when it headed south it remained offshore!

Other bits and pieces of vis included 151 Swallows, two Tree Pipits and four House Martins. I didn't get chance to count the waders roosting on the beach and I could see that they were continually getting kicked around by the inconsiderate dog walkers (note I said 'inconsidrate', as there are plenty of considerate dog walkers that come and chat to us and are keen on wildlife). Whizzing past I had 129 Dunlins and 35 Ringed Plovers.

 Ringed Plovers

Sunday morning saw Gail and Me checking our boxes in the Hodder Valley in Bowland. At this particular site we have 39 boxes, and out of the 39 the occupation was of five Blue Tits, a Nuthatch, six Great Tits, six Pied Flycatchers and two Bee sp.! This means that nineteen were empty, so there is still time for some late Pied Flycatchers to set up home! I managed to lift three female Pied Flycatchers off the nest; two were new birds and were therefore ringed and the third bird was a recapture and she was originally ringed at this site in 2016 as a chick.

Pied Flycatcher nest

Walking around the woodland we had singing Blackcap, Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest and Song Thrush.

I've got breeding bird surveys most days this week, in fact every day other than Friday, so I'll be a bit bleary eyed by the end of the week! 

Otterly Fantastic

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Before I get to my Otterly fantastic Otter sighting I need to rewind to the beginning of the week and to the fact that I had to work on Bank Holiday Monday! I was doing the penultimate site of the first round of breeding bird surveys (the second round kicks off next week) at a site in south Cumbria. Gail joined me and I was impressed because it was a 4:30 am alarm call, but she rose to the challenge and the morning sunrise.

We had clear skies with a light southeasterly wind and it was warm. The survey didn't live up to expectations and it was relatively quiet, even for this relatively quiet site. In order of appearance it's only worth mentioning a singing Chiffchaff, two Song Thrushes, a Tree Sparrow, three House Sparrows, a Bullfinch, a Great Spotted Woodepecker, a Buzzard and a singing Blackcap.

We decided to treat ourselves to breakfast number two at Low Sizergh Barn, and as we had an hour to spare before it opened we did a short woodland walk close by. I recorded my first Swifts (two) of the year and the woodland held singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler etc. There was a good selection of woodland plants on show including Early Purple Orchid, Bluebells, Lesser Stitchwort, Lesser Celandine, Wood Anenome and Common Dog Violet. Breakfast was consumed and a fine selection of Hesket Newmarket Brewery ales procured!

 Bluebells

 Early |Purple Orchid

This morning I was in south Cumbria again doing the last site of the first round of breeding bird survey visits and I was at the eastern end of the Furness Peninsula. I had 6 oktas cloud cover with a 5 - 10 mph SSW wind, and it was a little cooler than of late. It was quiet in the newly planted woodland and I struggled to record a singing Blackcap, three Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Redpoll, a Chiffchaff, two Swifts and a Reed Bunting. In fact I need to come clean with you, most of the above species weren't actually in the newly planted area, but in adjacent habitat.

The woodland is bounded to the north by the River Winster and at one section of my transect I have a good view of the river and I noticed some ripples emanating from the bank, and just assumed it was the Moorhen carrying nest material that I had seen earlier, when suddenly an Otter surfaced just 15 metres from me! I switched my camera on, pointed....and it was gone! I then picked it up further upstream and for the next five minutes I played a game of 'daft Birder and Otter' as I followed it failing to secure any decent pictures. Below you will see a shot of it diving and that was the best of the lot! With hindsight I should have not bothered trying to get a photograph, but just enjoyed my time with this remarkable animal.

 Otter - honest!

For donkey's years I have driven past Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve along the A590 with the intention of calling in, but for one reason or another I never have. Except for today, and I will be back several times over the next few weeks!

 A view over Foulshaw Moss from the raised viewing platform

As soon as I got out of my car the air was filled with bird song; seven Willow Warblers, Blackcap, four Sedge Warblers, Garden Warbler, six Reed Buntings, Grasshopper Warbler and Tree Pipit doing it's parachute display! A boardwalk takes you out on to the lowland raised bog habitat and through bits of Birch woodland. Lesser Redpolls zipped here and there and a Water Rail called from a pool out on the bog. There's lots of different viewing platforms in place that give great views over the bog.

 Reed Bunting

There was even an Otter connection here as I found an Otter spraint on the board walk close to the raised viewing platform!

Otter spraint

It warmed up slightly, but perhaps not quite enough for most invertebrates, but I did have a single Large Red Damselfly. And of course not to forget the Ospreys and the best views were on the visitor centre monitor via the webcam on the nest! You can keep up with the Ospreys at Foulshaw by clicking here.

 Large Red Damselfly

I finished the day off with a lunchtime visit to the Mount at the Obs to look for the singing male Firecrest that Ian found. It was favouring the conifers and feeding fairly high up, but it did respond to 'pishing' and came to investigate the noise. Sadly it was always against the bright sky, so a shot, even a record shot was out of the question.

Weekend Round-up

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On Saturday morning I decided to have a walk around the coastal farm fields at the school as it has been at least a week since I was last there. I had full cloud cover with a light southeasterly wind. About an hour in to my walk it felt cooler and the wind had switched to the northwest, and when I looked on the sea it was murky!

What a difference a week makes! In the last seven days Spring has suddenly arrived and I touched on this in my last post. There were a good number of migrants around, just how it should be. Sometimes it can be difficult working out what is grounded, or which birds have arrived at their breeding grounds and are in the process of setting up territory, there is a difference. For example at this site on 29th April I had two lesser Whitethroats; grounded migrants or breeding birds? The site is suitable for breeding Lesser Whithethroats, but as I had none this morning the birds on 29th were obviously grounded migrants and on their way through.

So, back to Saturday morning and grounded migrants included five Whitethroats, eight Sedge Warblers, four Wheatears, a cracking male Whinchat and a Chiffchaff. Yesterday was the big arrival day, so little could be expected of today.

 Wheatear

Due to the murky conditions there was very little vis other than 14 Swallows, a Linnet and two Sand Martins. Slow indeed! As you might expect the sea was very quiet too with just 300 Knots heading southwest, a male Eider, seven Cormorants, three Sandwich Terns and two Common Scoters.

Offshore were two Atlantic Grey Seals and one of them was eating a large prey item. I couldn't tell what the prey item was other than it looked like a large flat fish of some sort. Whatever it was it was attracting the attention of the local Gulls!

Back home I checked my moth trap and it was quality rather than quantity with a stunning Angle Shades, well I think they are stunning anyway, an Early Grey and a Common Quaker.

 Angle Shades

I was a bit of a lightweight this morning as I decided to have a lie in. Yes, I know it's Spring and I should have been out, but six mornings on the bounce with 4:00 am alarm calls meant that I needed a lie in. It all kicks off again tomorrow as I try and finish the last of my first BBS surveys.

I did run my moth trap last night, but it was quiet with just four Hebrew Characters and a Light Brown Apple Moth. I'll let you know if I have anything interesting on my survey tomorrow!

Catch Up

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I couldn't think of a better blog title than 'catch up', well because that's what it is I suppose. With lots of early mornings, it means less time in the evening and therefore less time to update the blog!

At the start of the week I had a bird survey to do northeast of Penrith and Gail came along with me. It was in some plantation woodland again, but part of this site is one of my favourites as it does hold a few birds. The first few woodland compartments that we surveyed were thin on the ground bird-wise, but it improved as we went on. This part of Cumbria is good for Redstarts and we could hear at least two singing off site as well as two Song Thrushes.

There are six woodland compartments that I survey at this site varying from very small indeed up to about 3 ha in area. The last three compartments are the best and I'll call them compartments one, two and three for the sake of this blog post. Compartment one held a singing Sedge Warbler (there's a nice wet area in this compartment), two Willow Warblers and a pair of Bullfinches. This was only the second time that I had recorded Bullfinches at this site in the four years I have been doing these surveys, and the first time in this particular compartment. The second compartment was unusually quiet with only a single singing Willow Warbler of note.

Alongside compartment three is a smallish area of conifer woodland with some broad-leaves around the edge. For the past four years Buzzards have successfully nested in this woodland and each year the nest gets bigger as the birds carry out repairs and add to it. I try not to get too close, but I did notice what I assumed was the female quietly slip off the nest.

We had a pair of Tree Sparrows in this compartment and actually witnessed them mating! Only one singing Willow Warbler, but we did have a stunning male Redstart. Not that this male was particularly stunning, all Redstarts are stunning! It made me think that this compartment is crying out for some nest boxes and I have fed this back to the owner.

I then took Gail out for breakfast and after that we headed to the English Heritage property of Clifton Hall. Close by the last battle to be fought on English soil was fought at Clifton Moor in 1745 when the Jacobites returning from Derby were engaged by English forces. Gail's passion is history, so it's always a pleasure to visit an English Heritage or National Trust property, and after Clifton Hall we visited the National Trust property of Acorn Bank.

 Clifton Hall

Acorn Bank

At Acorn Bank we had a walk through the woodland and it was full of bird song; Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs in the main. Numerous woodland flowers were showing and some pictures of these can be found below.

 Ash

 Stitchwort

 Lesser Celandine

Forget-Me-Not

Blackthorn

Wood Anenome

Later in the week I was at another plantation woodland survey site in the North Pennines to the east of Kirkby Stephen. Nothing too outstanding but I did have three singing Willow Warblers, two displaying Curlews, a Song Thrush carrying food, three Lesser Redpolls, a pair of Bullfinches (first for the site), singing Mistle Thrush, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Blackcap and a displaying Lapwing.

I was hoping to get into one of the reedbeds at the Obs this weekend to do some ringing and I called this morning to check the water levels. The forecast had looked good this morning for a fall of migrants, but sadly I had other commitments. My hunch was confirmed by Ian when he phoned to tell me that the Obs was 'dripping' with migrants!

I had a quick look at the pools to see if I could get in and I could, but there was still a little too much water to operate mist nets safely. Never mind, I'll just have to go birding in the morning instead! It was obvious that there had been an arrival of migrants as I had five Whitethroats, a Blackcap, four Cetti's Warblers, six Sedge Warblers, three Reed Warblers and two Grasshopper Warblers.

On the pools were six Tufted Ducks, a pair of Greylag Geese with four young, seven adult Coots with 14 young in total, a Great Crested Grebe and two Little Grebes.

 Tufted Duck

It's looking good for some vis in the morning, and my moth trap is set, so hopefully I should have something to report tomorrow!

Hoodie

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For the past week I have been up everyday at 4:00 am, so this morning a 5:15 am alarm call almost seemed like a lie in, but not quite! I headed to the coastal farm fields bit of the Obs for a good old mooch round. I had 6 oktas cloud cover and a cold 10 mph northeasterly wind. It's been a cold Spring this year and I still haven't managed to get out of my Winter plumage!

As soon as I got out of my car I could hear a Lesser Whitethroat giving its rattling song, and I wasn't sure whether he was a freshly grounded migrant or setting up territory. As the morning went on the conditions cleared and within an hour I had clear skies. Although it wasn't particularly a grounded kind of morning, I did have a few grounded migrants in the form of two Lesser Whitethroats (including the aforementioned gentleman), five Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler, ten Wheatears and five Sedge Warblers.

Where are all the Whitethroats? At this time of year in this part of the Obs recording area it should be hooching with Whitethroats, but they are conspicuous by their absence! Like the Swallows I hope they are just late and that nothing serious is afoot!

Considering the clear conditions the vis (all north or thereabouts) was limited this morning and all I had was seven Goldfinches, three Meadow Pipits, 55 Linnets, two Whimbrels, seven Lesser Redpolls, five Swallows (eek!), a Tree Pipit, a White Wagtail and three Alba Wagtails.

I sea watched for a while and at 0715 I had a Hooded Crow fly north along the beach, on the edge of the tide, gaining height all the time as it motored rapidly north. I gave Ian a ring to let him know it was coming his way and he picked it up heading northeast across the Bay towards Cumbria.

 Hooded Crow (honest!)

The supporting cast during the sea watch was 18 Sandwich Terns, 112 Common Scoters, 750 Knots, seven Arctic Terns, a male Eider, an Auk sp., a Manx Shearwater and an Atlantic Grey Seal.

I've got a few surveys coming up this week and if I have anything interesting I'll let you know!

Brown and Green

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Towards the end of the week I was working at two very different sites, one brownfield and the other green, one in the south of the region and the other in the north (the National Park with the mountains in the middle of it)!

My southern site was a former industrial site, and perhaps a surprise to some readers, full of biodiversity. My job was to survey it for birds, but I don't doubt that it would be brilliant for invertebrates and have one or two unusual plants up its sleeve!

It was a cold grey morning when I was at my brownfield site, but this didn't dampen any of the birds. One of the first birds I had was a Raven flying across the site, and this was closely followed by a second bird being mobbed by what looked like three diminutive Carrion Crows; Ravens are big birds. A pair of Ravens, and I had hardly got out of my car!

Talking of Ravens please take a look at the Raptor Persecution UK blog here and read about Scottish (un) Natural Heritage's (SNH) shocking, misguided, un-scientific and just downright stupid licensing of a mass cull of Ravens in Perthshire just to see what happens! And if you feel so moved please email the Chair of SNH and sign the petition that you will find links to in the various blog postings. 

A number of warblers were singing around the site including Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat. But it was the breeding waders that were most impressive; three pairs of Lapwings, two pairs of Oystercatchers and three pairs of Little Ringed Plovers. Yes, that's six LRPs and there could possibly have been eight! It will be interesting to see when I go back again in four weeks time whether all or some of the LRPs have settled down to breed, it might just be that some of them were just moving through.

 Little Ringed Plover

My second visit at the end of the week was to the north Lakes and one of my plantation woodland surveys. Driving north I had quite a bit of rain until I emerged from the Lune gorge to beautiful clear blue skies. At my survey site it was cold at first with a heavy dew and I had four oktas cloud cover. Oh, and it was calm!

The most abundant songster was the Willow Warbler and I had three in total. Other songsters included a Song Thrush, Robin and Blackcap. Somewhere in the stratosphere I could hear Lesser Redpolls and Siskins flying over, but I have no idea how many. 

An addition to the site list was a Jay that flew in to the relatively young woodland, before heading off to some mature trees on the steading. Swallows are still thin on the ground and I only had 2 or 3 birds during the morning. My survey was finished off with a Red Squirrel crossing the lane and over a wall!

 Blencathra through the trees

Buzzy!

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I had a busy morning yesterday ringing at the School with lots of buzzy Lesser Redpolls! I've said this numerous times before, probably every year at this time of year when Redpolls are on the move, but you can't beat clear skies in April with Redpolls flying overhead giving their buzzy call as they head to woodlands north and east!

 Lesser Redpoll

I got to the School about 5:00 a.m. and had my nets up by half past. I had clear skies with a light easterly wind. It didn't feel like a grounded morning, but there was obviously a few grounded migrants about as I had four Lesser Whitethroats (including 3 that I ringed), two Blackcaps (one ringed), a Chiffchaff and six Willow Warblers (all ringed).

 Willow Warbler

As I hinted at above I had a busy morning ringing and I ringed 49 birds as follows:

Blackbird - 2
Willow Warbler - 6
Lesser Redpoll - 35
Dunnock - 1
Blue Tit - 1
Lesser Whitethroat - 3
Blackcap - 1

 Lesser Whitethroat

In addition to the above I controlled two Lesser Redpolls, so it will be interesting to see where they came from!

There was some vis this morning, and for me it was mainly Lesser Redpolls. There was probably actually a good mix of species, but as I was so busy ringing it was difficult for me to record the vis in any detail as well. My vis totals for what they are worth included 240 Lesser Redpolls, a Goldfinch, three Tree Pipits, a Carrion Crow, a Meadow Pipit, two Whimbrels and a female Sparrowhawk.

Today Gail and I headed to our Pied Flycatcher nest box site to put up six replacement boxes. We left it purposefully late, rather than putting them up over the winter, to perhaps provide some extra boxes for the Pied Flys in the hope that if they go up late they won't be used by Tits.

 Gail putting up a Pied Flycatcher box!

We had a couple of calling Pied Flycatchers in the wood, probably males at this stage. Other species we noted were Nuthatch, Siskins, Lesser Redpolls and a Redstart singing across the river. The Oystercatchers were on eggs on the tin roof of a pig shed! They nest here every year and are usually successful at getting a few chicks off!

I'm office bound for at least two days this week, but on the other days I've got bird surveys from Cheshire to Cumbria, so if I see anything good I'll let you know.

Where Are All The Swallows?

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Another bird survey for me today in north Cumbria, not a million miles from Wigton, and again in some plantation woodland. The woodland is part of a dairy farm and normally, even on the April survey, I have good numbers of Swallows flying from the buildings around the yard to forage for insects over the trees. But not today!

 Swallow

Swallows are now a March bird and in recent years by this time in April you can record large numbers on the coast on vis, but not this year. At the moment at the Obs they are barely reaching double figures. Time will tell whether something calamitous has happened, perhaps on the wintering grounds in south Africa or on migration between Europe and Africa, or perhaps they have just been held up. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the latter.

Ian tells me that there was a half decent arrival of birds today on the coast, but at my land-locked survey site in Cumbria I couldn't really get a feel for this at all. There was certainly a few warbler species around, but perhaps not any more than I know breeds at this particular site.

Willow Warblers were very vocal and I had at least four singing males with perhaps just one female. Two Chiffchaffs were present, as was a singing male Blackcap. A Yellowhammer singing off site is always a pleasure to hear, and this part of north Cumbria does seem to be a stronghold for them. I had Lesser Redpolls and Siskins going over in the stratosphere, so they were heard and not seen! And that was about it other than three Stock Doves and a single Swallow making it to the pages of my notebook.

 Willow Warbler

Of course during my survey I recorded a lot more, 22 species in fact, but I'm sure you don't want to hear about my counts of Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Robin etc!

 Blue Tit

I've got a breeding bird survey to do in north Lancs tomorrow and hopefully at weekend I'll be able to get on with some none work birding; maybe ringing on Saturday and checking nest boxes on Sunday. I'll let you know.

One Of Those Mornings

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It was one of those mornings where it wasn't brilliant, nor was it poor. It seemed to have promise, but failed to deliver. Perhaps frustrating would be a better description.

I headed to the coastal farm fields at the Obs at first light to be greeted with 4 oktas hazy cloud with a 15 mph southeasterly wind. By 0800 the cloud had increased to 7 oktas, and as I found out when I tried to do a short sea watch it was pretty murky out at sea with poor - moderate visibility at best!

The first bird I recorded was a singing Chiffchaff as soon as I got out of my car and this gave the feeling that there might be more grounded migrants. And there was, but not that many. In total I had three Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest, a Willow Warbler and best of all a singing, or should I say reeling, Grasshopper Warbler.

 Grasshopper Warbler

There was some 'vis' but it didn't last long, perhaps some blocking weather moved in further south. The short burst included one hundred Meadow Pipits, four Siskins, 16 Goldfinches, 21 Linnets, 14 Lesser Redpolls, a Swallow and three Alba Wags.

As I mentioned before it was murky out at sea and there didn't seem any point in prolonging my sea watch so all I had was three Sandwich Terns, 32 Common Scoters, two Gannets, a Red-throated Diver, two Great Crested Grebes, a Guillemot, 70 Pink-footed Geese and a male Eider.

Back at home I checked my moth trap and I had trapped three Early Greys, two Hebrew Characters, three Common Quakers and a Clouded Drab.

It's a mixed week weather-wise coming up, so I'm not sure what I'll get done. I've got plenty of breeding bird surveys lined up should the weather play ball. I'll be sure to keep you posted.