Sunday morning I met Phil and Mandy from Phil and Mandy's blog and their friend Derek. Unfortunately it was a bit quiet but we gradually added a few species here and there. I did have a new bird for the year the latest I have ever added this to the year list at the Castle a WILLOW WARBLER (94). We also found one of the LESSER WHITETHROATS briefly a COMMON BUZZARD drifted over distant woods and 11 SWIFT flew south. There were a few Butterflies around the highlights for me were PURPLE HAIRSTREAK and PEACOCK which I saw with Bec early evening on Sunday.
The mornings have been very quiet so far yesterday morning I was joined by Pete and we managed to find 2 TURTLE DOVES and another migrant WILLOW WARBLER.
On the moth front Steve found a migrant DOTTED FOOTMAN, new for the Castle number 440 for the site.
|Small Dotted Buff|
|Young Common Whitethroat|
|Dotted Footman by Steve Broyd number 440 for the Castle!!|
Below a couple more photos from the South Downs.
|Dark Green Fritillary|
|Six Spot Burnet|