Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and Oystercatchers

male Common Pochard, Aythya ferina
On Sunday I joined a conservation work party at Houghton Forest near Arundel. The weather was perfect for a change. We cleared a considerable amount of wood to prepare a clearing which we hope will attract Pearl-bordered Fritillaries from a nearby colony. Afterwards I called into Arundel WWT and saw the pair of Oystercatchers which are regular annual visitors. Their usual island roost has mostly disappeared.
Houghton Forest work party
Paul Stevens is missing and Dan Hoare took the photo. Apart from Neil and me,
the rest are staff and volunteers from the South Downs National Park Authority.
tunnel of Leaf Miner moth larva
underside of tunnel of Leaf Miner moth larva
Black-backed Radjah Shelduck, Tadorna radjah radjah

Black-necked Swans, Cygnus melancoryphus
- their nest is tall for a reason!
female Common Pochard, Aythya ferina
male Common Pochard, Aythya ferina
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus
he was very vociferous - click the following video to hear it.

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