A hard drive failure has prevented me from updating the blog this week. Luckily, I had suspected that it was terminally ill and almost everything except for a few recent files had been backed up. It’s still taken me a couple of days to get the new pc set up and all the files and software re-installed though. Two relatively uninspiring ringing sessions on the 14th and 17th were both terminated early due to increasing wind strength and a lack of birds. Just 71 new birds in total: 9 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 18 Reed Warbler, 1 Robin, 26 Sedge Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 11 Willow Warbler and 1 Wren.
Passage birds on the 14th included a steady trickle of hirundines down the valley c. 150 Swallow and 15 House Martin with 5 Swift. Another juvenile Marsh Harrier passed through NW at 09:30. 2 Swifts also passed through on the 17th and the first Kingfisher of the autumn flew up South Milton Stream. The main interest was a couple of additions to the insect list, both sufficiently large for me to spot and identify. The first was a Great Green Bush Cricket on the 14th, followed by a Hornet Robberfly, Britain;s largest predatory fly, on the 17th.