Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Osprey, Buzzard and Grey Wagtail

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
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I visited Arundel WWT again today and saw the Osprey above the Sand Martin hide where it was joined by a Buzzard. A Kingfisher zoomed around the thatched hut by the boating area. A Grey Wagtail strutted back and forth in front of the hide many times. An early instar Ruby Tiger moth larva was found on the ledge of the Scrape hide.
  Last night a Lesser Yellow Underwing and Silver Y landed by our balcony light.
Buzzard, Buteo buteo
Gadwall ♀, Anas strepera
Gadwall ♀
Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
Ruby Tiger early instar larva, Phragmatobia fuliginosa
Shoveler, Anas clypeata
Lesser Yellow Underwing, Noctua comes
Silver Y, Autographa gamma

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kingfishers and Herons

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Last night two moths were attracted to our balcony light - the first Lesser Yellow Underwing of the year (last year's appeared on October 5th) and a Rush Veneer.
  Yesterday afternoon we visited Arundel WWT again. The Scrape Hide provided some action with 2 Grey Herons and 2 Kingfishers. The Kingfishers spent some time touring the lake, appearing at different places so that there was a suspicion that there were 2 individuals. This was confirmed at 5:15pm when 2 birds flew past, one trailing the other by about 2 feet. They did another flypast 5 minutes later.
 One heron fished in the reed bed to the left of the hide. Later, another flew to the far side of the lake. This one later decided to land in the area where number one was fishing. It was coming in to 'land' and saw number one, then changed its mind and flew off.
  Gadwall and Teal paddled around and a few Snipe flew in.
Lesser Yellow Underwing, Noctua comes
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
Common Snipe
female Gadwall, Anas strepera
male Gadwall
Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

Teal female, Anas crecca

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Osprey and Kingfisher

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
Yesterday I joined other Sussex Search & Rescue members at Goodwood Motor Circuit where the Goodwood Marshalls Club presented us with a cheque as their sponsored charity of the year. We appreciate their support which greatly assists our voluntary work of searching for missing vulnerable people in Sussex. Please see our website:
 I saw several planes take off. While there I found an Apple Leaf-miner moth's mine in a Wild Cherry leaf.
 Afterwards I visited Arundel WWT and saw my first Osprey in this country. A kingfisher flashed past the Scrape Hide several times. A Southern Hawker patrolled the reed bed walk, together with male and female Common Darters.
  Today I completed my final butterfly transect at Mill Hill. The count was low again: Adonis Blue, one female, Meadow Brown 8, Wall 1. I then called in again at Arundel WWT and the kingfisher landed on a pole in front of the scrape hide.
Apple Leaf-miner, Lyonetia clerkella on Wild Cherry, Prunus avium

Cessna 172S Skyhawk G-HLOB
North American Harvard '43' G-AZSC
G-AZSC was built for the USAAF in 1943 and delivered to the RAF in 1944 as a training platform for pilots who were destined to move onto single engined fighter aircraft:
other photos of this plane in its various incarnations:
Piper L18C Super Cub G-BJWZ
Slingsby T67M260 G-BWXB
unidentified spider
I saw the spider eject yellow faeces
SusSAR control vehicle

Arundel WWT:

Common Darter ♀, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter ♀

Common Darter ♂, Sympetrum striolatum

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

Today at Arundel WWT:
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Rudd, Scardinius erythropthalmus