Birds, Moths, Natural History in and around Hailsham and the Pevensey Levels
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Its Dicks again
Monsieur Richard had failed to put in an appearance all week (including yesterday afternoon when I was in the field) but was back again in the roadside fields south of Lookers cottage when I arrived this afternoon (6th) at 12.45 although then disappeared again and was not seen after about 14.00. It has been a long time since I last saw a Richards' and the jizz which is described as upright would almost better be described as stretching up especially the way the head and bill look like they are straining to reach forward and up. Also today 5+ SEO, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, and 2 Merlin one of which was watched relentlessly pursuing a Mipit which eventually managed to evade capture. The Rough-leg was still present this morning at Jevington.
Yesterday afternoon (5th) the Dartford Warbler was still in the brambles south of Lookers' cottage, Ringtail Hen Harrier on Manxey Level, and Merlin and Marsh Harrier were on Down Level.