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…

Ringing: March 2024

Sunday 31st Unfortunately yesterdays pleasant conditions were not repeated and it was much more breezy than expected. Some nets were possible but there were not the number of Chiffchaffs around and just one was ringed. Of more interest were the two new Green Woodpeckers. This was because we only ringed three in the whole of 2023. Saturday 30th If anybody…

Moths: March 2024

Our Moth Nights for this year have just been announced. They will be held on Saturdays June 8th, July 6th, August 10th (all at 18:30), September 7th, and October 5th (both at 16:00). Come along and bring family and friends and see and learn about Moths up close. You can even stay the night and book into our accommodation. Sunday 31st Overcast…

Butterflies: March

Sunday 31st The month ended with Large White and another Brimstone on the Green Wall. Saturday 27th New butterflies continue to come fast with our first Speckled Wood of the year on the  Estate today. Wednesday 20th Four species were on the Estate with two male Brimstones of note. Tuesday 19th A Red Admiral was on Worth and there was…

Birds: March 2024

Sunday 31st Highlights on New Downs were 12 Pintails, a Great Crested Grebe, and a Merlin. The Cattle Egret remained at the Observatory. Saturday 30th RSPB Worth marshes produced an adult Little Gull, eight Egyptian Geese, a Ruff, and a White Wagtail, whilst 23 Chiffchaffs were in full song on the Green Wall. Friday 29th Despite the fairly horrible conditions…