Sunday, 5 October 2014

Heyshott work party and Kingfishers

Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
On Wednesday I joined Mark and members of the Murray Downland Trust at Heyshott escarpment for the first conservation work party of the winter season.

On most days from Monday till today I have visited Arundel WWT and enjoyed seeing the kingfishers from the Sand Martin hide. They hovered above the lake and dived in, sometimes coming out with a fish. They have also zoomed back and forth across the lake and in front of the hide from left to right and right to left. Today one banked over the hide. On Tuesday Sue Lawford, a friend from expat days, joined us at Arundel for lunch.
Heyshott work party:



Belted Galloway being moved on the hill to graze to create the optimum grassland for primulas to grow. Primroses and cowslips are the foodplant of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly, which is the object of the conservation work.


Snout moth, Hypena proboscidalis
Arundel WWT:
view from Sand Martin hide
Black-headed Gull with fish, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-headed Gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-headed Gulls - change of perching rights

Black-headed Gulls seem to like sticks

Black-necked Swan, female, Cygnus melancoryphus
Black-necked Swan, male, Cygnus melancoryphus
bracket fungus - id needed
same bracket fungus from below
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum
Coot, Fulica atra
Coot, Fulica atra
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Gadwall, Anas strepera
Greylag Geese, Anser anser
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Magpie Geese, Anseranas semipalmata
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
female Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata
Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata
female Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata
female Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan taking off, Cygnus olor


Orinoco Geese, Neochen jubata
Swan Goose, Anser cygnoides
Trumpeter Swan and cygnet, Cygnus buccinator
Trumpeter cygnet, Cygnus buccinator
Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator
Tufted Duck, female, Aythya fuligula

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