Monday, 28 August 2017

Queen of Spain Fritillary

I arrived early at the site in Piddinghoe (at the same time as James from Seaford) and it didn't take too long for a "Comma" to become a rare Queen of Spain Fritillary as it popped out of the hedgerow in front of us! Nice! It was an active male and we chased it around for  a while before the threat of heavy traffic made me take an early exit but not before posting a BOC pic on my twitter to much interest...the rest is history as most of Sussex have now seen it and its two companions. Grateful thanks to the farmer & finder for access & details. Number 61 of butterflies seen in the UK for me.

pics & vid to follow

Friday, 25 August 2017

Melodious Warbler & Hoopoe

Both the Melodious Warbler & Hoopoe showed well today in East Sussex, videos on my YouTube here:

Organicbirder YouTube

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Southern Migrant Hawker

I don't really do dragonflies but a Southern Migrant Hawker was found by AB yesterday on the small pool at the Ferry at Sidlesham & by luck was still there this morning.

It took a while to find (and ID!) but eventually showed quite well really for at least five minutes. Very difficult to photograph in the heat of the day but I might be able to pots a video grab later, fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tree Sparrow

A Tree Sparrow was at Climping yesterday and after a terrible battle through the traffic from Thorney (where I dipped Osprey) I eventually got it for at least whole 30 seconds before it flew and was kept down by the onset of rain (presumably). I waited in vain for a while in the hope of a pic but no re-show...:-(

Saturday, 19 August 2017

White-winged Black Tern

Went to search for the White-winged Black Tern viewing from East Head on Wednesday, quite surprised no one else bothered really. Found it with two Black Terns (in Sussex I might add) after 30 mins or so. It turned up later at the Stilt Pool at Medmerry where much better views were obtained!

The North Wall

Spoonbill, Wheatears & Common Sandpiper from the North Wall.