Wednesday, 14 June 2017

13th June, 2017 Beachy Head & 14th June, 2017 Nr. Pulborough

13th June, 2017 Beachy Head, Fine sunny and hot

Visited the Head and covered Birling lane, Shooters Bottom, Old Trapping Area, Hotel garden, Icky Ridge and the Cliff Path. We then called in to see Roger and Liz in Hodcombe and spent an enjoyable several hours on what I would call a Bee-eater watch without the Bee-eaters. Roger and Liz had just returned from a birding trip to Mongolia which sounded brilliant.

No new migrants could be found and although I did see several new butterfly species for the year, although still low numbers of butterflies were present.

Meadow Pipit along the cliff path

Small Heath around 12 were seen.

My first Large Skippers for the year

Male Common Blue

A worn Painted Lady

Bumble Bee Mimic Hoverfly Volucella bombylans
(Many thanks to RKH for I/d)

14th June, 2017 Nr. Pulborough Hot and Sunny.

Simon L. kindly let us know that he had seen around 10 Club-tailed Dragonflies yesterday  and we
therefore spent two hours searching for this scarce dragonfly, which we have never seen before. We found 2-3 Club-tails, and also saw around 100 Banded Demoiselles, 2 Large Red Damselflies, and 1 very pale looking Scarce Chaser, although I may be wrong with this I/d.

What appears to be a very pale looking male Scarce Chaser.

Male Banded Demoiselle

Female Banded Demoiselle

 Club-tail Dragonfly

 (taken by DRC)
Club-tail Dragonfly


Saturday, 10 June 2017

10 June, 2017 Church Norton

With news breaking that the Hampshire male Elegant Tern had re-located to the tern island at Church Norton during the morning, so we decided to give it a go as of course it is the first record for Sussex. We had seen one about 20 years ago in Southern Ireland and have seen them also abroad.
We arrived at Church Norton around 13.20 hrs only to hear that it had flown off about 5 minutes earlier. We met up with RJF and JK who also had just missed it, but after about 40 minutes it was picked out on the spit standing with several Sandwich Terns. Several times flew around tern island, and although it was always distant, it was nice scope views. I tried to take a few pictures but just managed a few very poor record shots. Good numbers of Mediterranean Gulls, Little Terns, and both Common and Sandwich Terns were also seen.



Some very poor record shots of the male Elegant Tern at Church Norton.

Elegant Tern taken by James Packer

Friday, 2 June 2017

29th May, 2017 & 2nd June, 2017 Beachy Head

29th May, 2017. Overcast E2

Went with Terry and briefly sea-watched from 06.20-06.50, but virtually no movement. We then covered most of the sites on the Headland meeting up with KG in Shooters Bottom but no new migrants were seen. We departed at 11.15 am and KG returned to Birling and had a party of 8 Bee-eaters flyover W at 12.18.

Gannet 15 E
Heron 2 soaring high up over Cornish Farm
Kestrel 1
Lesser Black Backed Gull 1 adult
Swift 10
Swallow 12
Bee-Eater 8 W @ 12.18 over Birling (KG).
Song Thrush 5
Common Whitethroat 12
Blackcap 2
Chiffchaff 5

Wall 1
Brown Argus 1
Common Blue 6
Small Heath 2
Dingy Skipper 1 Cliff Path
Painted Lady 1
Speckled Wood 8
Red Admiral 1

Adult Lesser-black Backed Gull

 Dingy Skipper along the Cliff Path

2nd June, 2017 Partly overcast becoming warm. E1-2

We covered Birling lane, Old Trapping Area, Hotel Garden, Icky Ridge, Cliff Path, Shooters Bottom. and Belle Tout wood. RE covered the Whitbread Hollow area.

Very little recorded although RE had a Lesser Whitethroat in the Hollow. The highlight was a Red-veined Darter which showed well along the Cliff Path before being lost as it flew into Cow Gap.
LP had 3 Red Kites on the headland at 14.00.

Bee Orchids now coming into flower


Male Red-veined Darter along the Cliff Path

I wonder if RJF brought this back from Mongolia.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

28th May, 2017 Ashdown Forest Fine sunny and calm

Terry and myself went for a 3 hour walk in the Ashdown Forest and recorded the following:

Common Buzzard 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker 2
Mistle Thrush 3
Woodlark 4
Tree Pipit c12 with the majority singing
Common Redstart 3
Willow Warbler c50 majority singing
Several family parties of Coal Tits

Wood Warbler 1 singing at an undisclosed site.

Fallow Deer

Tree Pipit

Male Common Redstart

Great-spotted Woodpecker

Wood Larks

Wood Warbler at an undisclosed site. It was singing almost
continuously flicking around a small area often doing what
appeared to be display flights which would suggest it was
trying to attract a mate.



Wood Warbler