It has a great vibe this headland and with only another two birders present there was plenty of space to find birds. I was lucky when I turned up a side mist net ride and unearthed an all too brief Barred Warbler that sat out on top of a close bramble for all of a few seconds before disappearing into cover. On the rest of the walk we had up to 7 Chiffchaffs and singles of Willow Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Wheatear, Reed Warbler ( probably) and Spotted Flycatcher. A pipit flushed from the track side remained stubbornly silent, but I fancy it was a Tree due to its plain tan colour above and quite chunky jizz. It just wasn't right for Meadow Pipit. A scatter of Goldcrests and Song Thrush plus a lone Redpoll south overhead added to the interest.
After this a short trip into St Abbs Village had 2 Black Redstarts on an almost inaccessible stony beach, viewed from the cliff top and a couple of male Blackcaps in a nearby churchyard, feeding on sea buckthorn berries.
Spurred on by this success we drove a short way down the coast to the very steep access to another scenic borders village, Burnmouth. Although the steep sided scrub covered valley looked great, the only migrants were a few tardy local hirundines overhead. Alan was pleased to add Merlin on to his 'self found' list here too.
So, a good trip away for a change, pity about the appalling weather.
Back home, a dog walk, still in solid lash, down to Rumbling Kern produced 2 Redstarts flycatching from a fence wire just behind the cove.
In the moth trap last night -
0697 Agonopterix arenella 1
1760 Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata) 1
1802 Rivulet (Perizoma affinitata) 1
2091 Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon) 1 only my second.
2107 Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba) 3
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes) 1
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum) 4
2245 Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae) 2
2247 Merveille du Jour (Dichonia aprilina) 1 much darker than the other days individual.
2258 Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1
2263 Red-line Quaker (Agrochola lota) 1
2264 Yellow-line Quaker (Agrochola macilenta) 3
2266 Brown-spot Pinion (Agrochola litura) 4
2361 Rosy Rustic (Hydraecia micacea) 5
2364 Frosted Orange (Gortyna flavago) 1
2441 Silver Y (Autographa gamma) 1
31 moths of 16 species.
My second Dark Sword Grass.
A strangely dark Merveille du Jour. See picture from the other day.