Archive for October 12th, 2009

12th October 2009, Monday

Eggs on Blackthorn

On a walk around Dungeness yesterday there were some lovely blue fruits of Blackthorn (=sloes) and on one bush there was this group of eggs, laid in a spiral around the twig. They might be eggs of the Lackey Moth, Malacosoma neustria, or a closely related species. Click here for more info.

12th October 2009, Monday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Black necked grebe – one seen on Burrowes pit on 7th. Cattle egret – in the sheep field to the right of the access track this morning. Glossy ibis – two on Denge Marsh this morning. Merlin – one at Hooker’s pits on 8th and one at Christmas Dell on the 9th. Hobby – one seen on 8th and 10th. Little ringed plover – one on the ARC pit on 11th. Golden plover – several on the ARC pit and Burrowes pit on 7th and 8th and one seen on 10th. Little stint – one on Denge Marsh from the 8th. Dunlin – present at the ARC pit from 7th to 9th and two at Denge Marsh on 10th. Snipe – ten seen at Denge Marsh on 10th. Black-tailed godwit – one on Denge Marsh from 7th to 11th. Curlew – four on 8th. Kingfisher – one at Hooker’s pits on 9th and one at Denge Marsh on 11th. Swallow – several passing through on 8th. Yellow wagtail – Denge Marsh on 8th. Black redstart – present on the 9th. Common redstart – one in Denge Marsh gully on 8th. Lesser whitethroat – one near the access track on 8th. Common whitethroat – one near access track on 8th. Siskin – small flocks flying over on 8th.