From here we continued south and under the A120. By now the wind had picked up speed, so little apart from corvids were in the air and very few birds noted on top of hedgerows. Yellowhammers called as we walked to Green Street, where a bullfinch called as we entered Millfield Lane. More yellowhammers in hedges around the polo fields along with at least 400 carrion crows and jackdaws feeding on the pitch here. A walk past Stone House Farm gave calling goldcrests before we arrived back, via Nut Walk, at Hadham Hall. Here, a sparrow hawk, male, flew low along the footpath. Not too much seen due to the gusty conditions, but nevertheless, a pleasant wander.
After a very windy night, I was surprised to find 2 moths at the trap, a satellite (shown below) and the dark form of mottled umber which flew before posing for a photo. These take my moth tally to 5890 records for the year. Maybe an hour or so in Millennium Wood tonight will help me pass 5900!
|Satellite: so called because of the 2 smaller "satellites" around the larger white spot.|
|Pair of male yellowhammers in blackthorn|
|another cock yellowhammer|