Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Stonechats and a Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus
On Thursday 17th October I visited Cissbury Ring, met Gary and had glimpses of two Ring Ouzels and saw a Mistle Thrush. In the evening I joined SusSAR members at Hailsham where we marshalled at the Bonfire Society parade and bonfire. On Sunday the ref denied Scotland a place in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup. On Monday I returned to Cissbury Ring where a Ring Ouzel flew out of the Yew tree. I saw a Crow escorting a Buzzard out of its territory and a Kestrel hunted over the hill. A pair of Red Kites flew high up. Butterflies were still active with a Red Admiral, Brimstone and Small Heath spotted. 
  Today I visited Climping beach twice and disturbed a Short-eared Owl which was perched in the bushes by a path. It flew into a crop of brassicas and stayed down. Many Small Whites flew over the crop. A pair of Stonechats flew along the road by the car park, perched on the fence posts and bushes and fed in the roadside grass. A Clouded Yellow flew by very fast and a Red Admiral toured its territory.
Cissbury Ring:
 G-CUPP Pitts S-2A Special
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
Mistle Thrush, Turdus viscivorus
Mistle Thrush
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
Carrion Crow, Corvus corone and Buzzard, Buteo buteo

Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
Stonechat ♀, Saxicola torquata
Hailsham bonfire
Climping beach:
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
G-EWAN, a Protech PT-2 Prostar
where the Short-eared Owl is hidden
Small White, Pieris rapae
Stonechat ♀, Saxicola torquata
Stonechat ♀
Stonechat ♀
Stonechat ♀
Stonechat ♂
Stonechat ♂

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