Archive for March 26th, 2012

26th March 2012, Monday

The summertime blues

Well, it felt like summer!  This afternoon I found 3 Holly Blues on the cherry laurel just coming into flower at Playden Church, plus one in a holly at the end of Love Lane, Rye. I can’t remember ever seeing Holly Blues in March. But not the first in Sussex – one was at Chichester on 22nd, with a few others since. Typically hard to photograph, fluttering high, landing in the sunshine and folding their wings; the gleaming silvery-blue underwings ‘burn out’ on the image. Anyway, my first ’emergents’ of the year and a true sign of spring.

26th March 2012, Monday

First Swallow?

My first Swallow flew over Playden, near Rye, heading inland on Sunday at 4.30 pm. From Bob Greenhalf by e-mail.

26th March 2012, Monday

Breakfast-time bullfinches


Every morning lately this male Bullfinch (and his mate) have been entertaining us from our kitchen window in Rye. The bins are on the table first thing!  A pair have frequented the Military Road gardens for some years but have only recently been coming to our feeder. We must be using the right seed mix.