Wednesday, 28 June 2017
The same night produced another 2 new micros' for the garden, Gypsonoma dealbana and Agapeta hamana, along with a new macro in the shape of the female Ghost moth pictured below. A real red letter night!
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Sunday, 11 June 2017
And so to today and the Elegant Tern which we connected with before it made its first sorty out of the harbour - good to have another real quality rare to get to grips with and to bump into Stuart Reed who I hadn't seen since the Devon Long-billed Murrelet! Also very useful since Stuart pointed us in the right direction for the nationally rare plant Childing Pink Petrorhagia nateulii (pictured below) which is only found at a couple of sites. Other birds at Pags included the Peregrines, Little Terns, and as many Med Gulls as you like, their mewing calls pretty much ever present. Al and I moved on to Ambersham Common where a reptile search was pretty poor only resulting in a single Common Lizard. The Six-spotted Tiger Beetles pictured above were seen on a few occasions and birds included singing Woodlark, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Yellowhammer, and Buzzard.
Our final stop of the day was Frensham Common for the 1st summer male Red-footed Falcon pictured above which gave excellent scope views as it hunted from dead tree branches rounding off an excellent day in good company.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Sunday, 14 May 2017
It never fails to amaze me how birds will utilise any available niche to their benefit, whilst sitting at the Normans' Bay traffic lights the other day I noticed a pair of Starlings actively feeding young at their nest which was in a signal!
Lots of birding but no scarce or rare action to report, best of todays' (14th) WEBS was my first Lapwing chick of the year, only a day or so old, on Mappins. A walk around Wrens Warren on Ashdown Forest with Richard and Hazel was accompanied by the bell like song of Woodlark and the somewhat scratchier Dartfords.
Insect action has been quiet with the best of the garden moths being Scorched Carpet and Maidens' Blush on the 12th and the best of the butterflies being a Painted Lady on White Dyke on the 6th.
The Green-veined, or winged dependent on the vernacular you prefer, orchid pictured below was among the many flowering on Horse-eye on the 9th. Take care.
Monday, 1 May 2017
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Sunday (23rd) had a good selection of waders on show with Greenshank, LRP, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Snipe, and a sp Dunlin all on Mappins. Elsewhere an early evening walk at Arlington on the 24th produced the goods with my first Osprey of the year (presumably the same bird as one seen earlier in the day that I was unaware of, this bird was missing a secondary) hunting over the res before drifting off north west. Also at the res was a Peregrine and a smattering of House and Sand Martins amongst the 100 or so Swallow.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
On the moth front the cold nights have resulted in low counts however the 9th was notable with singles of Chocolate Tip, Lunar Marbled Brown, and Streamer, the former two pictured below.
Sunday, 9 April 2017
A single Redshank by Mappins' will hopefully hang around for the summer whilst an influx of Sedge Warbler has clearly taken place since Friday with 4 holding territory along White Dyke. The Meadow Pipit pictured was also along White Dyke and returning to White Dyke farm in glorious warm sunshine butterfly activity began to pick up with half a dozen or so Peacock and, at Clegg corner, my first Speckled Wood of the year (pictured below).Whilst walking I had been cogitating on the fact that one of the features of the spring so far has been the general absence of waders, probably due to the generally fine weather. Sure enough this triggered the inevitable Whimbrel in a sheep field moment, so another year tick in the bag. Finally, to round off my morning, and a little later than my usual first date, a single Swallow hawking insects at White Dyke farm. Enjoy the sunshine.
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Elsewhere I saw the pair of Cattle Egrets in Litlington by accident on Tuesday night, and enjoyed a very pleasant pint of Long Man in the Plough and Harrow.
Tuesday night moth trapping produced firsts for the year in the form of Angle Shades and Nut Tree Tussock.
Sunday, 2 April 2017
Moth trapping overnight on 28th produced Early Thorn and Clouded Drab, the latter a scarcity in the garden, and on the 29th Hebrew Character, 2 Small Quaker (pictured below), 8 Common Quaker, Early Grey, 3 Double-striped Pug, LBAM, & 3 Common Plume.
Thursday evening (30th) back on the levels produced a stunning close Short-eared Owl over White Dyke but still no "true" summer migrants. So to today and a chance to carry out my first Cettis' warbler survey of the year on Horse-eye - 5 territories identified including a nice intersection with 3 singing males. Not a lot else to report other than a single Snipe, 4 Shoveler, and 2 Teal on Down, until Mike Mullis texted me he had had a Reed Warbler Rickney side. A quick stop at Horse-eye Green on the way round the back yielded my first proper summer migrant - not one but two Reed Warblers singing from the Reed bed and a cracking Sedge Warbler belting it out from the top of a bramble. Summer is almost here....
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Back at home a Red Kite drifted east over the garden at 13.15.
Friday, 24 March 2017
Highlight of the afternoon walk was a Water Pipit, moulting into summer plumage, on Mappins which I wouldn't have seen unless I had been indulging myself watching a pair of Redshank and a Dunlin which were feeding around the muddy fringes. A pair of Shelduck were also on Mappins and, somewhat surprisingly, a single Russian White-front was loitering with the goose flock, as was a Barnacle Goose of (probably) more suspect origin. On Down Level two pairs of Shoveler and a single Shelduck, while White Dyke produced the usual Cettis' along with Great Spotted Woodpecker and a couple of pairs of Stockies prospecting.
Overnight moth trapping produced only a solitary micro - Common Plume.