Friday, 26 September 2014

Something Else New

Thursday 25th.

After three days, the RB Shrike was nowhere to be found at its temporary home behind the YC. I walked up to the Sportsman PH hoping it could have moved a bit further west but there was no sign of it. However, a male blackcap dropped into the bushes by the Sportsman and along that section of wall that I rarely walk, a wall brown butterfly came into view.  After several frantic minutes of following,  it finally alighted on a flower where I was able to confirm the identification, a first for me at Seasalter, I'd not seen one c.30 years in Whitstable, once common! A buzzard was also hunting over the fields behind theYC.

Wall Brown

Also, when doing the 'school run' this afternoon I saw a hummingbird hawk moth when doing the pick up at Whitstable Castle.

Friday 26th.

A walk along the front at Seasalter was very quiet this morning, virtually no waders on the flats just curlew and oystercatchers. A strong passage of swallows continued, among them a few house martins and mipits. At the LNR, 27 linnets and 5 wheatears as I walked to just beyond the white post where I counted 216 brents and 35 egrets plus one clouded yellow desperately looking for a flower to feed on. A swan was sitting out on the mud looking rather ill waiting for the tide to come in. A rather quiet day!

Just a few of the egrets returning to roost on Castle Coote


Marc Heath said...

You never know what out there Mike waiting to be seen and found. Nice Wall shot Mike.

Mike H said...

Stunning shots of the Wall and Wheatear Mike.