While the west of the pennines basks in an indian summer, we eastern folk are submerged in fog, mist and drizzle, with an irritating breeze straight from the east.
Add to the mix, a big, settled, high pressure over fenno-scandia and we have a recipe for birding success.
I didnt get in from work until 5.30pm and the dull overcast conditions meant darkness would come early, so I grabbed the terrier and headed for the coast.
40 minutes on the coast path found the 'barred warbler' blackthorns hanging with Goldcrests. Every step pushed tiny green foreigners along ahead of me. In the brief snatches of detail were an odd Chiffchaff or two and hosts of Robins. Further along near Cullernose cliff top, the gorse was full of tired Chaffinches and Bramblings, some scuffling along the muddy path, tired after a wet sea crossing. A few dozen Redwings and Song Thrushes came from the bushes and a nice Ring Ouzel chackered in beligerence on his way out and on to the patch list.
I'm well fired up for this weekend ( and Monday has been duly logged as a holiday to take best advantage too)
Last nights mothing brought a new addition - Vapourer. Photos tomorrow.
Epirrita species (Epirrita sp.) 4
1041 Acleris sparsana 1
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria) 1
2026 Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua) 1 New
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 2
2245 Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae) 2
2256 Satellite (Eupsilia transversa) 1
2263 Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota) 1
2306 Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) 3
2361 Rosy Rustic (Hydraecia micacea) 1
2364 Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago) 1
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 1
2477 Snout (Hypena proboscidalis) 2