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"So-sweet" Yellow-broweds everywhere (on the east coast)

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But none of them were confiding enough to get a picture.Yesterday, I indulged myself with a bit of east coast birding. Hartlepool is a favourite destination of mine as there's not only the gardens and bushes for passerine migrants but the sea and marshes of the Tees as well.

I headed for Borough Hall area where there were a few birders around, and probably more Yellow-browed Warblers than birders. They were calling from the tree tops - impossible to see in the poplars but occasionally great when they appeared in the Sycamores. They were accompanied by a single Chiffchaff and a Red-breasted Flycatcher which gave us the run around but I managed a couple of hastily taken images.
What was really weird was that there weren't any other migrants around - I had a single Siskin and Wheatear and that was it!

A lunchtime seawatch over a flat calm sea produced a couple of male Velvet Scoters, Red-throated Diver and an adult Pomarine Skua that came out of the bay.

The news of four Glossy I…

Back to birdin'

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The warm weather over the past few months has resulted in some excellent days for Butterflies and nights for Moths but as September dawns, the temperatures are starting to drop and so the moth trap wont be as busy. Having said that, I got yet another couple of new moths for the garden this week - Old Lady, which is a large butterfly sized moth, and Brindled Green. Peacock butterflies have been in abundance and on one day I had seven species of Butterfly in the garden including a migrant Painted Lady.
However, the end of August means migration - I should have headed east a couple of weeks ago when there was a plethera of Scandinavian migrants on the east coast but instead we tried to get some migrants trapped at Marks Farm and my garden. It wasn't to be unfortunately. The local finch and tit population is doing well as they devour the sunflower seeds - I have double figure counts for Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch every day at present - soon these will be augmented by birds fr…