Swift 2 N
Swallow 15 N
House Martin 3 N
Song Thrush 2
Reed Warbler 1 singing
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 25
Blackcap 2 singing
Firecrest 1 Birling
Spotted Flycatcher 1 Shooters Bottom
Corn Bunting 3
Wall Butterfly 5
Small Heath 1 (our first for the year)
Dingy Skipper 2
Small White 10
Large White 2
Juvenile Robin at Birling
Firecrest at Birling
An interesting looking Common Swift with a pale vent and
under tail coverts. It quickly moved north over the cliff path
and lost to view. Just time for 1 picture before it disappeared.
House Martin moving north over the cliff path.
Just getting some practice for the Crag Martin!!
During the afternoon, we paid a very brief visit to Kithurst meadow. Doreen immediately picked out a Duke of Burgundy Fritillary and after several minutes it chased a second Duke of Burgundy, so I guess a male and female. Luckily the male returned for 10 minutes more to feed. The Duke is probably my favourite butterfly and I first saw them back in the 1970's. Several Brimstones, 2 Red Admirals, Whites, and 1 Green Hairstreak were also seen in about a 30 minute visit.
Male Duke of Burgundy Fritillary at Kithurst meadow
Green Hairstreak at Kithurst meadow