Archive for September 29th, 2009

29th September 2009, Tuesday

Gold-speckled fields

Following my posting last Friday (“30+ Clouded Yellows”), Brian Banks and I carried out a careful count in the first 3 fields behind East Guldeford Church on Sunday afternoon. We found a minimum of 85 Clouded Yellows, including a paler-winged individual (not the white helice form of the Clouded Yellow). Today I couldn’t find this one, but there seemed to be even more Clouded Yellows. A single scan with binoculars of flying butterflies in the second field revealed 42. Considering that many more were settled, and this was just one field, the total must be well over 100. However, Brian had heard a report of 600 estimated around Birling Gap on Friday!

29th September 2009, Tuesday

Rye Harbour

Highlights this morning have included, 44 Corn Bunting, 2 Raven, 6 Stonechat, 2 Whinchat, 150 Curlew and 2 Black-tailed Godwit from the Beach Reserve/Harbour Farm. At Castle Water 70+ House Martin, Marsh Harrier and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Insects on the wing include Clouded Yellow (at least 8), Small Copper, Common Blue, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell, Migrant Hawker, Common and Ruddy Darter.