Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Arundel firecrest and Ferring jack snipe

Firecrest with fly, Regulus ignicapillus
I've been visiting Arundel WWT a lot recently. Firecrests have been an attraction and one can be seen on most days by the main path along the reed bed. The challenge is to focus and shoot before it flits off in its never ending quest for food. I managed to get one with a fly in its beak yesterday. I saw several Redpolls feeding on the ground.
 During a visit to Ferring Rife on Saturday I saw two Jack Snipe, a Kestrel and the main pond was home to about 40 batches of frog spawn. Adjacent ponds had no spawn, so I think the frogs return to the pond where they originated, in this case the one which stays wet for the whole of their development period.
Arundel WWT, March 7:
Dunnock, Prunella modularis

Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis

Lesser Redpoll, Carduelis cabaret
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Nuthatch, Sitta europaea
Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos
Ferring Rife, March 5:
Bulrushes, Typha latifolia
Common Frog spawn, Rana temporaria
Frog spawn
Frog spawn
Common Reed, Phragmites australis
Horse, Equus ferus caballus
Jack Snipe, Lymnocryptes minimus
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
water cress, could be
 Fool's-water-cress, (Apium nodiflorum) or
Water Cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum agg.)
Water Mint, Mentha aquatica

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please select 'Name/URL' from 'Comment as' drop down box and add your name, thanks.