Archive for October 27th, 2007

27th October 2007, Saturday

Dungeness Bird Observatory

A calm morning with heavy overcast and occasional drizzle resulted in an excellent movement of finches dominated by at least 3000 Goldfinches and with 50 Chaffinches, 15 Bramblings, 50 Siskins and 120 Redpolls as support. Single Marsh Harrier and Merlin, 23 Skylarks and 18 Swallows were also seen.  Grounded migrants were pretty scarce, yet again, but a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen briefly in the trapping area and other birds included nine Goldcrests and a "continental" Coal Tit.

David Walker from DBO website

27th October 2007, Saturday

Pannel Valley NR

Overnight there had been a reasonable influx of Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. The bushes also held two Firecrest and several Blackcap. The highlight of the morning was a flyover Lapland Bunting (listen here). A small movement of birds continued throughout the morning and was predominantly made up of Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin. Late morning a flock of 55 House Martin appeared and fed on insects above a group of poplars, this flock included at least one Swallow.

27th October 2007, Saturday

Harlequin invasion reaches northern RX-land!

I’ve been watching for the Harlequin ladybird in Northiam for a couple of years now. It finally appeared this week with five specimens in our garden.
Harlequin ladybird

27th October 2007, Saturday

Low Tide

In the early morning darkness as I cycled towards the Old Lifeboat House hundreds of Curlew could be heard calling from the shore. A walk down to the low water line and a wait for some light revealed 515 birds feeding along the shore, the birds gave fantastic views pulling lugworms from the sand. Amongst the many gulls roosting and feeding, a group of 700 Great Black-backed Gull attracted the most attention. On the journey back to Lime Kiln, a Wheatear was hanging around the River Mouth and 12 Brent Geese (pictured) had gathered on the Wader Pool.

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27th October 2007, Saturday

Plume Moth

Althhough Emmelina monodactyla is one of the commonest ‘Plume’ moths all over Britain, and one of the few to be found in all months of the year, it has only be recorded a few times on the reserve and at two locations. Most of the records come from Rye Harbour Village (like the one pictured below found in my garden yesterday).
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