Saturday, 12 August 2017

11th August 2017

Phil and I met Brendan briefly before he departed after having seen upwards of eighty warblers and  a singing Turtle Dove at Hope Point. We continued for another three hours and added more birds.
Day totals were 11 Common Swifts, eight Yellow Wagtails, nine Wheatears, six Reed Warblers, one Sedge Warbler, three Blackcaps, 83 Whitethroats, 21 Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Willow Warblers and a family party of six Chiffchaffs, a pair and four young being fed.
It was a very good day for insects with many Painted Ladies, our first big numbers of Chalkhill Blues and two Clouded Yellow Butterflies, one being of the helice form.
Also around the entire area we counted 11 Hummingbird Hawkmoths.

Reed Warbler (Brendan Ryan)

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