Archive for September 6th, 2007

6th September 2007, Thursday

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve & marine sightings

Good numbers of migrants were around today with large numbers of chiffchaff, willow warbler, whitethroat and blackcap recorded as well as an increase in goldcrest numbers. The best of the grounded migrants were 10 spotted flycatcher, 9 redstart, 5 whinchat and a rock pipit. Overhead migration was also evident with an osprey seen flying west at 8am, and counts of 580 swallow and 180+ house martin.

Also a harbour porpoise was seen offshore today and a bottlenose dolphin was seen close inshore along Hastings beach yesterday. The cetaceans have obviously been attracted inshore by the very large numbers of sardine/sprat and mackerel evident close inshore at the moment. The sardine/sprat shoals also attracted 100+ common tern and 40+ sandwich tern close inshore at West St Leonards today.

6th September 2007, Thursday

Cormorant Ringing Recovery

A young Cormorant ringed at Castle Water on 19 May 2004 was found freshly dead on 10 March 2007 at Owl Point, Pagham Harbour. The photo shows a chick being ringed at Castle Water on that date.
Cormorant  chick being ringed

6th September 2007, Thursday

Wasp Spiders

The amazing Wasp Spiders are still showing well in the grass around Lime Kiln Cottage… ask the volunteers if you are passing, but be careful not to damage the webs, or the egg sacs that are now appearing. The egg sacs are within a papery sphere about 25mm diameter.
Wasp Spider egg sac
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