Saturday, 14 March 2015

Brimstone and a Great Spotted Woodpecker

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
On Thursday I enjoyed a walk on the heath by Pulborough Brooks. I had just started into the woodland by the car park when a Brimstone fluttered by. It obligingly landed nearby and I was able to creep up and get a shot before it continued its search for a female. Flocks of Goldfinches and Lesser Redpolls fed high up on beech nuts. Afterwards I headed to Nettleys hide hoping to see the Ruff that had been reported. A birder allowed me to look through his scope at the Ruff wading in a distant pool. On the way back to the visitor centre I stopped to look across a field and a Green Woodpecker flew past and landed in a distant tree. I sat by the bird feeders by the cafe and a Great Spotted Woodpecker came down.
the new ponds on the heath

the new ponds
bracket fungus on beech - id needed please

Brown-lipped Snail, Cepaea nemoralis
beech nut
fungus on rooting wood - id needed please
Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
Green Woodpecker, Picus viridis
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
Kentish Snail, Monacha cantiana
Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Primrose, Primula vulgaris
Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus
Ruff somewhere in this photo, Philomachus pugnax 
Shovelers, Anas clypeata
view from visitor centre
Rock Dove, Columba livia domestica

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