First Tree Sparrows lead traditional autumn fare

20th September 2009 - bright and sunny SW1
Grounded Migrants
Slightly more productive than recent days with 33 Robin, 10 Wren, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Dunnock, 2 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and a White Wagtail logged.
Diurnal Migration
After a slow start, clear skies and light winds prompted steady movement through the morning with 650 Meadow Pipit, 220 Swallow, 64 Skylark, 55 Linnet, 24 Pink-footed Goose, 22 alba Wagtail, 9 Grey Wagtail, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Tree Sparrow, 2 House Martin and a Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6100 Oystercatcher, 1230 Redshank, 23 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and single Spotted Redshank and Curlew Sandpiper.
The Kingfisher continues to linger and Peregrine, Merlin, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl and Little Owl were all logged.
The second National Moth Night was highlighted by the second island record for Autumn Green Carpet - the first since 1986. Also trapped were 17 Frosted Orange, 12 Lunar Underwing, 12 Silver Y, 6 Setacous Hebrew Character, 5 Large Yellow Underwing, 5 Rosy Rustic, 5 Square Spot Rustic, 4 Angle Shades, 2 Small Wainscot and single Mottled Rustic, Small Square-spot, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Common Wainscot, Rush Veneer, Flounced Rustic, Feathered Ranunculus and Bramble Shoot Moth.
Autumn Green Carpet