Archive for August 25th, 2006

25th August 2006, Friday

Pett Level birds

The bushes around Toot Rock are a good place to look for warblers – there are Common & Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Garden & Willow Warblers to be seen, especially among the Elder berries, and also a Redstart.

Jays, which once rarely appeared on the Toot, seem to have nested there and can be heard squawking in the gardens where trees have now grown up.

Overhead this morning, Sand Martins & Yellow Wagtails were flying west while 2 Tree Pipits and a Grey Wagtail flew east.

Yesterday evening as the rain cleared, low sunlight lit the Starling flock golden against the dark sky while it projected their thousand dots of shadow onto the grass of the seawall.

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25th August 2006, Friday

Sedlescombe area

In the Sedlescombe area, I have seen a number of ladybird species (Coccinellidae family), over the last few months. There are a lot of different types and variations, that most people will probably be unaware of. Even the most common ladybirds can easily be miss identified with rarer species. The ones I have seen so far are, 2-Spot Ladybird, 7-Spot Ladybird, 14-Spot Ladybird, 16-spot Ladybird, Eyed ladybird, Cream-spot ladybird, Orange Ladybird (pictured). It is well worth doing an internet search for them, there are many more to be seen.
Orange Ladybird
Dave Monk 

25th August 2006, Friday

Prickly lettuce

I enjoy grubbing about on small brownfield sites to see if I can find anything that might not occur on ostensibly more interesting sites. The other day I had to take my car to the garage in Bulverhythe and did a quick survey of the car park while waiting. Among other things I noticed sticky groundsel, swinecress and the plant in the picture, prickly lettuce, Lactuca serriola. This is the species from which cultivated lettuces are said to have been developed, though the resemblance is not easy to see until our garden plants have run to seed. Prickly lettuce is quite common in waste places and has been spreading over the last fifty years or so. Its much rarer and smaller congener, least lettuce, Lactuca saligna is only found on the shingle at Rye Harbour in our area

25th August 2006, Friday

Highlights today

The main highlight today was a Great White Egret at Castle Water, it was last seen in flight heading towards the viewpoint, but was lost from view, so not sure if it landed. Also at Castle Water, Garganey, Greenshank and 2 Spotted Flycatcher. Many insects were enjoying the return of the sun, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were the pick of the butterflies, hundreds of Migrant Hawker are now on the wing within the SSSI. At Ternery Pool a colour ringed (SL above right knee) immature Herring Gull (pictured) was of interest, and a Humming-bird Hawk-moth was at Parkes hide.

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