Archive for September 4th, 2005

4th September 2005, Sunday

Hastings CP – Saturday

Andy had better luck than me, though a first for the site for me came in the shape of 6 Teal which came in over Firehills and then flew W along the coast.
A 2hr walk around Firehills & the Quarry turned up 48 species.
Overhead, a stream of hirundines was flying E, along with a few Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Pipits & a Swift.The most numerous warbler species were Common Whitethroats and Blackcap, the busiest area around a lone thorn to the SE of the quarry, where a patch of scraped bracken attracted a constant stream of insectivorus birds.

4th September 2005, Sunday

Around the Reserve Today

Highlight today was a superb Pomarine Skua which flew east along the shore mid-morning. On the shore itself, six Knot were present along with four Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Dunlin and 32 Ringed Plover, while Flat Beach held 140 Golden Plover and a further 10 Bar-tailed Godwit. At Castle Water one Garganey and two Pintail were visible from the hide, while up to five Cetti’s Warbler could be heard singing.
In the wood, passerines included Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat.

4th September 2005, Sunday

…and more caterpillars

This time many caterpillars of the Buff-tip moth on a small willow between the Crittall Hide at Ternery Pool and the shore. There were about 75 up to 7cm long on the bush and they have eaten most of the leaves!
Buff-tip moth caterpillar

4th September 2005, Sunday

Sycamore moth caterpillar

An amazing looking caterpillar on an ornamental Acer in a Rye garden was a Sycamore moth(Acronicta aceris) .
Sycamore moth caterpillar
Sue Prince