Ringing: May 2024

Monday 13th It would seem the House Martins had been waiting for the weather to improve. There are at least 20 around at present. Sunday 12th The ringing at the south end continues in warm, calm conditions. There were seven new birds. Two Whitethroats were expected but two new Chiffchaffs were less expected there. One of these showed no signs…

Moths: May 2024

Friday 17th A daytime wander around the Whitehouse revealed quite a number of both Glyphipteryx simpliciella and G.fuscoviridella, Thisanotia chrysonuchella, Crambus Lathoniellus, Oblique-stripeds, and Grass Rivulets. Thursday 16th It was a bit cooler despite the cloud with a minimum of 10.9°C. There were 75 moths again but of 38 species. Hoary Footman was new for the year, but inside the…

Dragonflies: May 2024

Friday 17th Two Four-spotted Chasers and four Azure Damselflies were on New Downs. A Variable Damselfly was on the Estate and large numbers of Emperor exuviae were in Middle Field pond. Wednesday 15th Records continue to fall with our earliest ever Black-tailed Skimmer on RSPB Worth marshes. Tuesday 13th Our first Four-spotted Chasers were seen on both the Estate and…

Butterflies: May 2024

Friday 17th A Good mix around the Whitehouse and Oasis included two Speckled Woods, three Orange-tips, three Red Admirals, one Wall, five Small Coppers, six Small Heaths, two Holly Blues, one Small White, and first Painted Lady and Common Blue. Monday 13th The BMS Transect produced 38 butterflies of ten species. Of note were seven Walls, an impressive tally for…

Birds: May 2024

Friday 17th It was a much nice day compared to yesterday’s wet weather. There was an unseasonal flock of seven Barnacle Geese that flew south over the Estate. A Honey-buzzard flew north over RSPB Worth marshes was more typical. Wednesday 15th The soundscape of the Estate was full of the recently-fledged Robins, Blackbirds, and Long-tailed Tits. Some of the Blue…

Dragonflies: April 2024

Saturday 27th A teneral Broad-bodied Chaser at the Observatory was yet another earliest ever record. Tuesday 23rd Record emergence dates continue to fall. This time two Blue-tailed Damselflies on RSPB Worth marshes were the earliest ever (previously 28th April 2017). Thursday 18th There was some nice sunshine mid-morning on RSPB Worth marshes and it produced a number of Damselflies along…

Butterflies: April 2024

Monday 29th A good morning on the Estate produced an Orange-tip, two Green-veined Whites, a Red Admiral, a Comma, eight Holly Blues, a Speckled Wood, and our first Wall and Small Coppers of the year. Friday 26th A few Green Hairstreaks were at their usual site in Stonelees. Thursday 18th Six Green-veined Whites were on Worth and a male Brimstone…

Moths: April 2024

Tuesday 30th Overnight cloud meant the temperature did not drop below 8.6°C. The catch continued to improve to 26 moths of 16 species. Shuttle-shaped Dart and Bright-line Brown-eye were new for the year. There was another hint of migration in the form of a single Diamond-back. Monday 29th Another clear fairly calm, night allowed the temperature down to 4.2°C. As…

Ringing: April 2024

Tuesday 30th Although rather delayed news of a Blackbird ringed here on November 15th 2016 and ring read in the field in Liepaja, Latvia (which is 1410 km ENE) on March 3rd 2017 was very interesting and will take some explaining. Was it already heading back far east? Monday 29th There is a good hint of warmth in the air…

Birds: April 2024

Tuesday 30th Low cloud and light southerlies made for a good morning on RSPB Worth marshes, particularly on the Blue Pigeons pools off the Pinnock Wall. Two Sanderlings in with the Ringed Plovers and Dunlins were rare birds for inland on the marsh, but a TEMMINCK’S STINT stole the show. Both Garganey and Wood Sandpiper were also present. Monday 29th…