Monday, 4 August 2014

Willow Emeralds and Wheatears

On the 1st of August I went to find the willow emeralds and take a few photos with the little camera. A rather windy day but the bushes provided some shelter and I soon latched onto two emeralds which hardly moved all morning, only the traffic lifting them momentarily.

Later on it was a lovely evening so I did a trek out along the S.Swale finding c.325 blkwits, 1 peregrine and a count of over 324 crows over the C.Coote part of the reserve. It seems unlikely that any breeding terns, redshank, oystercatchers etc will have any chance of success when all these raiders are on the loose, I think there needs to be a cull! 

I didn't go out over the weekend accept to Sevenoaks but this morning a visit to Seasalter beach produced; 10 r.plover, c.30 turnstones, the 3 now resident lesser black backs and young, 2 kestrels, 52 golden plover, 16 egrets, 25 goldfinches, c.30 linnets, 23 sparrows on the seawall, 9 swallows, 1 mipit, 5 barwits plus blkwits in ever increasing numbers and last of all 3 wheatears who more or less stayed together near the start of the seawall etc. etc.

A few butterflies including 1 clouded yellow, 2 blues, 8 tortoiseshells, 1 red admiral, small whites, meadow browns and gatekeepers. Most of these seen off the reserve as it has hardly any flowers, what the cows missed the EA finished them off by mowing all the banks!
The bushes beside the track leading back to the road held blue tits, a common whitethroat, sparrows and starlings plus a green woodpecker dropped into the grass behind the huts.

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