Friday, 7 October 2016

Last day of the Red-backed Shrike

Red-backed Shrike, Lanius collurio
On 1st October a visit to Arundel WWT was rewarded with views of the Kingfishers, Common Snipe and a Grey Heron.
 On Sunday 2nd I attended a club dig in East Sussex and found a lead token, a long copper implement and a penny. On the way home I called at Newhaven Tide Mills and saw what turned out to be the last day of the Red-backed Shrike's 11 day visit. I noticed that its behaviour had changed. Previously it had held its prey in its beak for many seconds, its latest method was to swallow it instantly. Also it didn't keep flying back to the same perch after diving down for prey.
 Every evening I turn our balcony light on and photograph any moths that settle. Most are migrants that have probably just flown in from the sea, which is 100 metres away. On some days there are no moths and some days there are plenty. These have turned up since October 2nd: The Narrow-winged Grey is a coastal species and these are migrants: Cypress Carpet, Rush Veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl.
Arundel WWT, October 1
view from Scrape hide
3 Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
Narrow-winged Grey, Eudonia angustea
Newhaven Tide Mills, 2 October:
Red-backed Shrike, Lanius collurio

Powered Parachute

Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Arundel WWT, 3 October:
4 Red Admirals on ivy outside Reed bed hide
Comma, Polygonia c-album on ivy
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Common Darter ♂, Sympetrum striolatum
Common Darters mating outside Scrape hide
Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis by boating area

Teal, Anas crecca

Cypress Carpet, Thera cupressata
Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis

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