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…

Moths: February 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. Tuesday 27th Our…

Ringing: February 2024

Saturday 24th A calm, clear, night resulted in a shock to the system with a slight frost to start with. The sun quickly cleared this. It was a case of quality over quantity with just two birds caught. One of these was the second male Firecrest this year and the other was a retrap Redwing. Friday 23rd It was a…

Birds: February 2024

Thursday 29th After a week or so with only one or two birds the Cattle Egret flock at the Observatory increased again with five birds present in the morning. There’s also been a flock of six nearby at Ham Fen. It isn’t currently clear if they are additional or whether the birds are going to back and forth to us.…