Sunday, October 15, 2006

Prescot Reservoirs,
5 Goldeneye today with the first returning birds on Thursday. 58 pochard is the best count for many years. 250 tufted, lots of coot, 7 great crested grebe and 5 little grebe. 60+ redwing over and 10 skylark over.
No med gulls today but there has now been 6 med gulls at the reservoirs this autumn. 2 1st w, 2 2nd w, and 2 adult one with a metal ring and one with a green ring. Good flocks of greenfinch and goldfinch this morning with a single redpoll. 2 peregrines,1 kestrel 1 female sparrowhawk and 2 buzzards also this morning.
At least 20 red admirals went through this morning all going south.1 speckled wood and 1 common darter also.
I had another rare Lancashire moth in the garden this week. Calybites phasianipennella is only the 4th time it has been recorded in Lancashire.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Acleris literana
This beautiful micro moth was trapped in my garden this week. Not only is it very beautiful it is also very rare in Lancashire. This is the first time it has been seen in VC 59 for over a hundred years. Now thats what I call scarce.

The Great Orme,
Amazingly the Woodchat Shrike and the Short Toed Lark were still showing very well much to my relief as this was the first chance I've had to get to see them. The juv woodchat shrike showing very well below the church and the lark just a few hundred metres away above the church. What an autumn North Wales is having.