Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Black-Backed Gulls and yellow-faced Blue Tits

Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
On Wednesday I attended the last work party of the season at Heyshott. The primroses were everywhere, ready for the Dukes, and violets are appearing to tempt the Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Cuckoo Flower is out on the bank in the lane so Orange-tips should appear soon. I visited Iping Common afterwards and found more Cricket Bat Orb-weavers.
  On Thursday I wandered down to the beach and found a Greater and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. One kept seeing off the other whenever it looked for food. A Piper plane flew over.

  On Sunday I visited a busy Arundel WWT. Mallard broods were everywhere and two consisted of eleven ducklings. Coal Tits were busy on the woodland feeder. A couple of Blue Tits had yellow faces. Research indicates this is probably pollen. Long-tailed Tits came onto the feeder by the hide. I had  a close view of a loud Cetti’s Warbler as I walked out of the centre. It stayed deep in the reeds and moved fast.
Heyshott escarpment:

Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis
Primroses, Primula vulgaris and a Cuckoo Flower
Primrose bank
puffballs - id needed please!
Iping Common:
Cricket Bat Orb-weaver, Mangora acalypha
Cricket Bat Orb-weaver
Lichen, Evernia prunastri on birch
Lichen, Parmelia sulcata on birch
Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus
Great Black-backed Gull
(pink legs)
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus
(yellow legs)
Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3rd winter Herring Gull
3rd winter Herring Gull, Larus argentatus 
juvenile Herring Gull
Piper PA-32R-301T Saratoga II TC
Arundel WWT:
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Great Tit, Parus major
Bracket fungus, id needed please!
Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
Coal Tit, Periparus ater
Coal Tit

Dunnock, Prunella modularis
Great Tit, Parus major
Jackdaw, Corvus monedula
Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
Mallard duckling, Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard mum
Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus
Cetti's Warbler, Cettia cetti

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