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.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
With no patch visit at the weekend to speak of, I was interested to see if much was happening, Pete and I did the moth recording this morning and found a new moth for the site Tree Lichen Beauty a really nice little moth, we also had Purple Bar, 2 White Points and 2 Iron Prominents and an assortment of commoner moths, 219 moths of 45 species.
Tree Lichen Beauty (poor pic, sorry)
I was joined for the birding by Pete as well, there were again good numbers of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS (10+), a GARDEN WARBLER was with 3 BLACKCAP and BULLFINCH, NUTHATCH, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS and a WILLOW WARBLER were all in the car park.
A KINGFISHER disappeared from view as it followed the path of the moat. The fields were quietish to start with but as we went on there good numbers of buntings again, a CORMORANT flew over as did several HERRING GULLS and 1 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. There was also a nice mixed flock of birds in the tree lined bridleway, LONG TAILED TITS, CHIFFCHAFF, WILLOW WARBLER another SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and several WHITETHROATS. A quick scan of the new hedge produced the now longish staying, WHINCHAT x 2 and STONECHAT, I was slightly surprised, as the field they were favouring has now been harvested, lastly a flock of about 15 HOUSE MARTINS had started to get together around the offices. 43 species this morning in about an hour and a half. Thanks to some good friends the photos are back in business!!