This is an attempt to share some of the sightings of birds and various other wildlife that can be seen around the National Trust property here at Sissinghurst in Kent, plus some accounts of trips further afield.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
March 12th, Moths and Birds
Last night the Moth trap went on for the first time this month, it was quite a busy night with good numbers of Small and Common Quakers, Hebrew Characters a couple of each of Oak Beauty, Yellow Horned, Twin Spotted Quaker, several Clouded Drabs, March Moth as well as a Shoulder Striped and a Small Brindled Beauty and a couple of Dotted Borders for good measure! there were probably just over 100 moths in all.
On the bird front this morning it was again very spring like and with reports of Wheatear and Sand Martins from Dungeness, as always I was optimistic. Yellowhammers and Skylarks dominated the air waves and several Grey Herons were drifting up and down the valley, Stephen text to say the Stonechat was still around and I was standing where it had just flown to! within a few minutes I relocated the bird in the same newly planted hedgerow as yesterday.
Slightly nearer than yesterday but not much.
Otherwise it was much the same as yesterday but without Chiffchaff and Grey Wagtail and for the first time for ages no winter visitors were seen or heard. It was a fairly short visit as I'm working today :( but I'll be back tomorrow all being well.