Butterflies: May 2022

Thursday 26th Good conditions today. Seven Speckled Woods, two Painted Ladies, one Red Admiral, 18 Common Blues, three Small Tortoiseshells, two Large Whites, 16 Small Heaths, and two Small Whites were on New Downs whilst one Large White, two Small Whites, one Small Copper, one Holly Blue, 26 Common Blues, and 14 Small Heaths were at the Point. Sunday 22nd…

Butterflies: April 2022

Tuesday 26th It is still a bit fresh in the breeze but in the shelter there are lots of butterflies beginning to appear. The Estate held one Holly Blue, one Comma, two Small Tortoiseshells, one Wall, eight Speckled Woods, two Small Coppers, one Peacock, four Orange-tips, and a Small White. There were at least six Orange-tips, four Speckled Woods, three…

Butterflies: March 2022

Thursday 24th Our first Orange-tip of the year was on the Estate. Wednesday 23rd Small Whites were on Worth marshes and New Downs. Monday 21st There were six each of Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell on Worth marshes, and a Comma on the Estate. Friday 18th A Peacock and three Small Tortoiseshells were on New Downs and another Peacock was seen…

Ringing: May 2022

Tuesday 31st Results from the latest round of the nest boxes are mixed. We missed some broods of Great Tits and there seem to be plenty moving around in noisy groups. Blue Tits do not seem to be doing as well with several nests where not all the birds fledged, they seem to be struggling due to the run of…

Ringing: April 2022

Friday 29th More of the same conditions with warm sun and cold onshore wind, the latter will not give up. Seven birds were caught of which three were new – two Whitethroats and a Blue Tit. With just two Willow Warblers ringed this spring it is a clear indication of how much climate change has affected some of our once…

Ringing: March 2022

Wednesday 30th We had a choice of two forecasts, one was overcast with no rain and a gentle breeze and the other was increasing rain particularly from 0900. These forecasts were ignored and drizzle increased to rain before stopping around 0915. There was a fresh easterly. It was clear that the drizzle had brought a good number of Redwing into…

Ringing: February 2022

Monday 28th No ringing today due to the breeze but we did get the remainder of the woodcrete boxes up, replacing more decayed or woodpeckered wooden boxes. Tits are already displaying near the boxes. Saturday 26th Six new birds and seven retraps were the reward for those who got up this morning. The new birds included two more House Sparrows,…

Ringing: January 2022

Friday 28th A cold, calm, frosty morning did not tempt more birds and there were just two new (a Blackbird and a Chaffinch) and ten retraps (two Robins, two Blackbirds, two Chaffinches, two House Sparrows, a Great Tit, and a Chiffchaff). Wednesday 26th Another dull morning but an early breeze dropped away and ringing was possible. We caught nine new…

Moths: May 2022

Tuesday 31st Cold overnight temperatures hampered the catch in the trap but a few Nemophora degeerella were along the Worth track. A Water Ermine in the trap was new for the year. Monday 30th Nematopogon metaxella was the highlight in the moth trap. The nights are cold, down to 4.5°C last night so an overall catch of 65 moths of…