Friday, 9 September 2011

Garden Surprises

A couple of unexpected treats this week, starting off with a Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on the Red Valearian outside the front door, quickly followed by our 2nd garden Reed Warbler of the year, feeding in the overgrown wilderness of the back garden. Our sixth garden record, but the first to stay for longer than a day (no sign yet this morning, which would make it five days in a row!) Pretty remarkable considering that it is in a completely urban area. A female Blackcap was feeding on Elderberries, growing amongst the Apple tree (probably our first September record) and a group of nine Meadow Pipits flew over Friday morning, whilst checking the moth trap.

Inspired by the Warbler/Flycatcher double act of late July, I have now set myself the target of finding a Yellow-browed Warbler in Bedford park. Given the numbers that now invade Britain each autumn, and the widespread scattering of inland records, there has to be a chance... Watch this space!

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