Back where I belong.

20/10 Saturday late morning finally managed to drag myself to High Eske. First thing I notice at Eske Manor was a Migrant Hawker still on the wing having not seen any Odonata in Cornwall last week. Managed another 3 in the area. The redhead Smew I’d previously seen at dusk on Wednesday 10/10 [found by E.Clubley] was still on the pit and Wigeon had increased to >80.

Redhead Smew with Little Grebe.

The Highland Cattle were still grazing Pulfin NR.

Conservation graving herd of Highland Cattle on Pulfin NR.

Must have had a lot of rain last week as the flash on Leven Carrs was too deep to bother looking for waders, however had a Jay flying south. There appears to have been a national influx of Jays but they do breed locally so whether this and those seen at Tophill Low NR are immigrants or resident is hard to say.

Jay at Tophill Low NR 9/10/12.

Back at the NR had a Lesser Redpoll in the willows and first winter Mediterranean Gull briefly.

Lesser Redpolls N.of High Eske NR 2/10/12

21/10 Went to Tophill Low NR with John on Sunday morning. Thick fog so decide to walk north through D woods hoping for migrants {Yellow-browed Warbler claimed last week}. Fairly quiet but Willow Tit[s] showing well on the feeders but as usual didn’t pose for it’s portrait. The fog was so bad even the Belted Galloways on Hempholme Meadows were elusive.

Belted Galloways on Hempholme Meadows.

Had a lone Migrant Hawker near East Pond.

The mist lifted briefly to allow John to find an adult Mediterranean Gull on D res late afternoon but then rolled in again so gave up early.

22/10 Raining! Chance to catch up with a few things but will try to get to North Cave Wetlands, if it stops briefly, to look for Jack Snipe.

Nearing the end of the moth trapping season. Had 2 new moths early this moth with Green-brindled Crescent on 2/10 and Blair’s Shoulder-knot on 9/10.

Green-brindled Crescent

Blair’s Shoulder-knot

Although I had a few frustrating views in Cornwall, likely Vapourer and Silver-y, didn’t see anything well enough to ID and none were attracted to the lights of the caravan park. Fellow Cottingham moth-trapper Andy Nun had a few last week but I had a blank night on Saturday. My last trapping last year was 29/10 s0 with colder weather  forecast later this week I may not bother again until spring.

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