Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1066 etc...

Dragonfly Larvae 

Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve was a little quiet on Sunday so bird of the day goes to Hobby! One juvenile and one adult bird seen from the 'hanger'. Giving up on birding my wife and two of our children headed for 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield in East Sussex.

Emily and The Long Man

En-route to Hastings we screeched to a halt when Lori spotted something on the hill: The Long Man! We had fun walking around Hastings and learned lots about this pivotal battle which changed the face of England. While walking around we found a really cool beast: Slow Worm! This is the first time in over 30 years I have seen one of these cool reptiles in the wild!

Slow Worm

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Took another trip down to Pagham Harbour RSPB this weekend with Lori and Nolan. My hope was to connect with the long staying Glossy Ibis that frequents the area whenever I am not there:). 3rd time unlucky; only missed it at the Ferry Pool by a few minutes this time...grrrr..C'est la vie!


We decided to walk the trail out to the sea today, which, though a little overgrown and muddy ,wasn't too bad. It took about an hour to reach the beach with a few nice birds along the way: Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank,Oystercatcher, Avocet, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Cormorant, Grey Heron and Swallow.


At the beach we rested for a while before heading back but managed to get a look at some really cool summer plumage Sanderling. En-route home we stopped in at Pulborough Brooks RSPB for soup and cake!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pulborough and Pagham Harbour RSPB today

Today Lori and I dodged the rain showers to get in a little birding. Pulborough Brooks produced Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover; both lifers for Lori, plus we found a really cool Caterpillar on the path back to the visitor centre. Our 'guess' is that it could be the Caterpillar of The Drinker moth. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

After filling up on the ridiculously good food at the cafe; pea and bacon soup, treacle and custard pudding for me and ginger toffee and ice cream for Lori, we headed south-full! Our destination was Pagham Harbour. 

We only made a quick stop here as the weather finally went against but we did manage a quick vigil at the Ferry Pool hide. Here we got a good selection on waders to go through:

  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Greenshank
  • Redshank
  • Lapwing
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Avocet

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Enjoying the lull

Dad rapping at Pulborough Brooks! Not bad for 72

Since getting back from Scotland I have kinda slowed down on the birding front, which has actually been a nice little break. We did take a visit to Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve on Farther's Day, though this was more like a nice drive and afternoon tea for my dad. It was a fun afternoon with lots of laughs and a few birds including my first Mediterranean Gull for many years.

Nolan with Eagle Owl just outside Pulborough Brooks
Stag Beetle found in our garden

What else? Well, a fly over Peregrine at our home in Woking put a smile on my face as it was a species I had not yet added to my local patch. 

Lori and I headed out to Box Hill last weekend and spent a few hiking hours the area, especially along the River Mole. The woods were fairly quiet with only a few species betraying their presence such as Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Wren, Blackcap and Garden Warbler. 

Box Hill
River Mole
A mid-week walk along the Wey Navigation in Pyrford produced Kingfisher and Little Owl and a work related trip to Welwyn Garden City was made a little less dull with the site of Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite and Yellowhammer en-route.

Today Lori and I headed out to Leith Hill the highest point in southeast England. It was a fairly easy walk with species including Buzzard, Kestrel, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Wren, Blackcap, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Blackbird. Rain started about 20 seconds before we reached our car so it only seemed good manners to check out a local pub..William IV, which had sausage butties at the bar for £1.10!!

18th Century Gothic Tower at Leith Hill