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.
Friday, 1 April 2011
Moths and Birds, No Fooling!!
It was back to the moth traps again for Steve, Pete and myself this morning and another 2 new species for the year! Streamer and Double Striped Pug, when I said no fooling, I actually was fooled by the Streamer, initially mis-identifying it, my only defence is that I am trying to identify things without a book at the moment to see what I learnt from last year!! ( the book will be out again soon!) Numbers weren't huge but 12 species were found this morning. Once again while the moths were being recorded, I had a flyover Redpoll.
Diurnea Fagella (a common micro moth, March to May)
It was pretty grey this morning and the wind was a bit gusty. My visit consisted only of going to the lakes and back, there was a nice charm of 7 Goldfinches at the back of the shop and once again Chiffchaff numbers were high, I heard at least 6 from just round the lakes, I think they will thin out a bit as the month goes on.
Two Stock Doves flew out of their favourite oak and 3 Grey Herons flew across the fields and over the lake. There was a Blackcap back at the lake and both Nuthatch and Treecreeper were heard. A single Great Spotted Woodpecker flew over and 2 Jays came up from the over grown island on the top lake, where there was also a singing Reed Bunting for the first time this year, as before they have all been in the hedgerows. A Goldcrest and Long Tailed Tit shared the shelter of a Honeysuckle. Once again it was a nice walk and 33 species in around 45 minutes was pleasing.