Archive for July 1st, 2009

1st July 2009, Wednesday

Garden birds

Every so often, above the chorus of domestic power tools, witless jet-skis and distant military hardware, there rises the urgent twittering of anxious Swallows, signalling the approach of a raptor.
Usually it’s a stealthy Sparrowhawk skimming along the hedgerow, provoking shrieks if it’s lugging prey.
At other times, it’s a Hobby sailing over or circling up against the cirrus.
On Sunday evening it was for a Peregrine, quietly consuming a pigeon on an island of feathers in the pale hay-stubble.
House Martins too sound the alarm and seem to use different sounds to denote Hobby or Peregrine.
No such wave of dread, however, heralded the passing of a dozen Crossbills yesterday. As usual, they announced their arrival with a penetrating chip-chip call seconds before they shot over our roof, heading who knows where.

1st July 2009, Wednesday

Bumblebee Events

There are five bumblebee events coming up soon…

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1st July 2009, Wednesday

Rye Harbour Moths

Still an overwhelming preponderance of Dark Arches and Heart and Dart in the moth trap at the moment, though the latter seem to be dropping off gradually. No real rarities this morning, though the trap did contain several Buff-tip (below), an amazing twig mimic, and Kent Black Arches (bottom, which always looks to me as though it has been fashioned from some soft fluffy substance such as talcum powder or cotton wool – I haven’t yet made my mind up which!).

Buff-tip
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1st July 2009, Wednesday

Gull comparisons

The non-stop gull v Sandwich Tern activity at Ternery Pool continues to provide good and close comparison of the differences between adult and juvenile gulls of two similar species.

med-flight

Adult Mediterranean Gull (above) and Black-headed Gull (below).

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