Archive for February 25th, 2008

25th February 2008, Monday

Newenden bridge

Normally if I want to see waterfowl I head for the Romney Marshes, but the floods reported in the field between Newenden Bridge and the steam railway line click here to see photograph have been getting steadily more attractive to waterfowl. Last week there was a flock of more than 300 lapwing (and I suspect at times there have been more) with about 10 golden plover and today, whilst waiting for my car MoT there were about 250 duck on the water, comprising 70 shoveler, 30 wigeon and 150 teal. The only thing missing were the marsh harrier and peregrine worrying the birds that I expect to see on visits to wetlands nearer the coast these days.

25th February 2008, Monday

Tiger

This afternoon a hairy caterpillar, about 25mm long, was enjoying a little February sun at Lime Kiln Cottage. It is a Ruby Tiger, they overwinter as large larvae and frequently bask in the sun in spring. A useful caterpillar ID resource is here.

Ruby Tiger

25th February 2008, Monday

Quiet morning on the Pett sea wall

 Sunday 24th Feb. What a differance a week can make! Last week it was below freezing and today it was more like a spring day. The birds were much the same as last Sundays with 50 W.F.Geese on the marsh and about 200 Brent Geese east through the morning over the sea. There was 150/200 G.C.Grebes still in the bay,along with 200/300 Common Scoters and 5  Velvet Scoters. The Marsh Harrier seems to be the most common bird of prey now a days, todays bird was a well marked sub adult male.