Wednesday 19 September 2018

Arundel Kingfisher and Little Egret plus a seal matrix

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
On September 5th I visited Arundel WWT again and took some more videos of the Kingfisher on the post in front of the Ramsar hide (which can be viewed on the link above). I returned the following day and watched the Little Egret fishing. A male Canada Goose had two females in his charge and made his feelings clear when another group landed nearby. His aggressive stance resulted in the other group flying off. I spotted a pair of Ruddy Darters mating. Some moths landed by our balcony light including a Small Dusty Wave and a Square-spot Rustic.
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis

Canada Geese

Jacob sheep

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta hunting

Little Egret - the lunge

Little Egret with fish
Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Ruddy Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum

Small Dusty Wave, Idaea seriata

Square-spot Rustic, Xestia xanthographa

On September 8th during a visit to Ditchling Common I saw Brittlegill fungi and an Ichneumon wasp (Dusona circumspectans).
brittlegill, pink Russula species
Ichneumon wasp, Dusona circumspectans
The following day I attended a metal detecting dig at Loxwood and found a seal matrix showing interlocking arms. The condition is poor so I cannot read the letters on the outside of the interlocking rectangles. The handle has broken off. I have self-recorded on the PAS database but as Sussex has no Finds Liaison Officer at present I don't know when a new FLO will give an official description. It looks like similar seals dating to the medieval period c.14th century and is made of copper alloy.
medieval seal matrix
left image of face is after cleaning, right image is before cleaning.
digging field at Ogbourne St George Sep 2.

Sunflowers at Loxwood

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