Archive for May 6th, 2008

6th May 2008, Tuesday

Dungeness Bird Observatory

5th May.  The best birds on the land were a Bee-eater heard over the trapping area in the morning, a Wood Warbler singing briefly at the north end of the area and two Golden Orioles seen at the Long Pits.    Overhead, a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, three Turtle Doves and 130 Swallows were of note. Seawatching produced at least 38 Pomarine Skuas during the day along with six Arctic and a Great Skua and 13 Black Terns (with another six at the Patch in the evening).

David Walker from DBO website.

6th May 2008, Tuesday

Then and now. 1

The RX countryside is constantly changing, sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes in dramatic ways. I have often thought it would be interesting to create a book or website showing pairs of photos taken from the the same point, but many years apart. If you have any photo pairs perhaps you could get in touch…

The example below is of Ternery Pool, that now has hundreds of pairs of seabirds breeding on the islands. The black and white image was taken in 1950 and shows one island, pretty much as it was in 1970 when the nature reserve was established (between the 2 pools there is a rail line that was used to extract shingle from the beach).

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6th May 2008, Tuesday

Frog breakfast

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This morning I came across this Grass Snake eating a very large Marsh Frog. It would seem impossible for such a thin snake to eat such a large item, but when I left, it was still making progress…

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6th May 2008, Tuesday

Sedlescombe caterpillars

At the end of last summer, I decided to try rearing some caterpillars for the first time. Sometimes the only way to find out what a caterpillar turns into, is to rear it to adulthood, and identify it that way.

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Dave Monk

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