31 August 2013

Autumn migration increases at Staines Moor

A lot more migrants in evidence at the patch today, including: 2 Greenshank that flew off east from the Colne early morning, 5 Whinchat and 3 Northern Wheatear ranging widely at the north end, 4 Yellow Wagtail around the livestock, 1 Common Snipe along the Colne, 1 1st yr Red Kite N, 1-2 Common Buzzard, 1 House Martin N, 1 Sand Martin NW, 32 Barn Swallow, and 1 Pied Wagtail over (H). Also, 1+ Hobby, 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Reed Warbler still (Butt's Pond), and c400 Starling, c60 Goldfinch, 3 Grey Heron, 5+ Linnet, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 2+ Kestrel, 9 Meadow Pipit, and 1m and 1f Common Pheasant noted.

1st winter Whinchat - one of five today

Fewer butterflies around now with 3 Small Copper, 3 Small Heath, 1 Large White, and still a fair number of Meadow Browns. Also still several Migrant Hawkers Aeshna mixta about. Photographed some flowering Tasteless Water-pepper Persicaria mitis along one of the iris channels - a fairly scarce plant in Britain (many thanks to Rob Innes for the tip-off).

Tasteless Water-pepper Persicaria mitis

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