Tuesday, 19 June 2018

19th June, 2018 Church Norton

With the news breaking at around 7.00 pm that the North American Royal Tern was showing on Tern Island off Church Norton, and thanks to DC for the telephone call, I quickly contacted JK who in turn contacted RJF and we quickly met up and drove to Church Norton arriving around 08.00 pm. It was showing virtually continuously on Tern Island with Sandwich and Little Terns and several Mediterranean Gulls. Good scope views but to far away for any pics. It made a couple of short flights.
It was ringed and was considered to be the bird present on the Channel Islands for most of this year.

taken by Andrew House
American Royal Tern at Church Norton

Some of the Royal twitchers!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

13th June, 2018 Ditchling Common

Nice warm sunny morning, so Doreen and myself decided to have a further visit to Ditchling Common although activity with the Black Hairstreak was a lot less than yesterday afternoon when it was cloudy.

Black Hairstreak 4-5
Meadow Brown 12
Large Skipper 1

Black-tailed Skimmer 1 male
Beautiful Demoiselle 1 male

Black Hairstreak on Ditchling Common

Record shot of the Black Hairstreak in flight.

Male Black-tailed Skimmer on Ditchling Common

Male Beautiful Demoiselle on Ditchling Common.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

12th June, 2018 Ditchling Common

I couldn't believe my eyes whilst reading the Sussex Butterfly Conservation web-site this morning, the headline news was Black Hairstreak discovered in Sussex. I expected it to be on a remote common on the borders of West Sussex and Hampshire. I was therefore delighted to read that it was on Ditchling Common which is just over a mile from my front door.

In around the 1970's, several were introduced to Ditchling Common roughly at the same time as the Marsh Fritillary, which in the early 1980's I stumbled across a Marsh Fritillary on the Common which I photographed not realising they had been introduced here, but now sadly long gone. The Black Hairstreak seemed to have disappeared from Ditchling Common and went unrecorded until late last year when just odd ones were seen. With this year being a good Black Hairstreak year in the normal breeding areas in the Midlands, good numbers are now being seen on Ditchling Common and it has appeared to now have formed a naturalised population here.

Needless to say, Doreen and myself quickly visited the Common this afternoon, and we were able to see around 10 of these beauties in around an hour.

Getting personal to a Meadow Brown

The nearest it got to opening its wings whilst settled.

Some of the 10 Black Hairstreaks seen on Ditchling
Common this afternoon.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

10th June, 2018 Park Corner Reserve and Rowland Wood.

After a difficult 4 weeks, Doreen and myself managed to get back out into the field and we decided a couple of hours to spend at the Park Corner Reserve. Nice and flat and not to far to walk.

Not too many butterflies were seen and had my usual I/d problems with the dragonflies, fingers crossed I may have got them right although if not please e-mail me. Only a few birds seen.

Common Redstart 1
Tree Creeper 1
Garden Warbler 1 singing
Blackcap 1 singing
Chiffchaff 5

Small Heath Butterfly 2
Meadow Brown 3
Common Blue 10
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 1

White-legged Damselfly 10
Four-spotted Chaser 1
Emperor Dragonfly 3
Common Blue Damselfly 1

I was surprise to see the White-legged Damselflies as I have only seen them once before and that was around 15 years ago, and I didn't realise they were present here.

Four-spotted Chaser

Common Blue Damselfly

White-legged Damselflies

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Burgess Hill

On the 13th May went for a short walk along the track and a Nightingale was singing in the bushes along the railway track. and today on the 15th at 10.00 am a fine Red kite flew E over our house.

Friday, 11 May 2018

11th May, 2018 Beachy Head Sunny clear but cool SE 2-4

We joined RE and RAB at Birling and sea-watched from 05.20-11.15 and KH, RES, and RKH joined us later. With the winds now in the SE hopes were high, but unfortunately it didn't quite live-up to expectations with the highlights being just 1 early morning Pomarine Skua, and 7 summer plumage Black-throated Divers.

Red-throated Diver 2 E
Black-throated Diver 7 s/p E
Gannet 353 E
Shelduck 2 E
Common Scoter 118 E
Sanderling 1 E
Dunlin 1 E
Whimbrel 2 E
Pomarine Skua 1 l/p E @ 06.15
Arctic Skua 6 E
Black-headed Gull 2 E
Common Gull 5 E all immatures
Kittiwake c500 E
Sandwich Tern 47 E
Commic Tern 251 E
Auk Sp 47 E
Guillemot 2
Swallow 3 in off the sea.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

7th & 8th May, 2018 Beachy Head Hot and sunny ENE 1

7th May, 2018
RAB performed an evening sea-watch between 17.15-19.45 and recorded the following:
Gannet 22 E and 2 W
Shelduck 1 E
Common Scoter 1 E
Bar-tailed Godwit 2 E
Whimbrel 10 E
Pomarine Skua 17 E
Skua Sp. (Probable Pomarine without a tail)
Arctic Skua 4 E
Black-headed Gull 31 E in a single flock
Sandwich Tern 18 E
Commic Tern 46 E

8th May, 2018
KG recorded 5 Pomarine Skuas E @ 07.54