Thursday 26 February 2015

Firecrests, Lapwings and Dartford Warblers

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
At 8am on Tuesday morning the light was excellent so I spent a couple of hours on the beach with Oystercatchers, Turnstones and dozens of Sanderlings. In the afternoon I enjoyed a few hours at Arundel WWT. Lapwings are gathering in front of the hide bearing their name. A Goldcrest and Firecrest evaded several photographers near the woodland feeders as they flitted among the bushes and trees. I finally managed a Firecrest shot from the boardwalk at the entrance.

 On a grey Wednesday morning I joined Garry and MDT members at Heyshott for another work party. As we departed at midday the sun burst through so I visited nearby Iping Common and was rewarded with views of Dartford Warblers and a Great Grey Shrike. It was good to meet Paul again with friends Gerry and David from East Sussex.
Black-headed Gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Common Pochard, Aythya ferina
Common Pochard
Gadwall, Anas strepera
Jackdaw, Corvus monedula

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
Mallards, Anas platyrhynchos
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
Teal, Anas crecca
Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus
Carrion Crow, Corvus corone
Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus

beach huts
5 feet high island which has formed during the past year
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus

Sanderling, Calidris alba

Turnstone, Arenaria interpres
Heyshott woodland clearance
Dartford Warbler
Great Grey Shrike, Lanius excubitor
Lumpy Bracket, Trametes gibbosa
underside of Lumpy Bracket
Stonechat, Saxicola torquata

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