Friday, 25 September 2015

Broadwater photos and a good day

Has it really been that long since my last post. I am still very annoyed that I didn't get the Flycatcher at Dungeness, was at Lewes and Brighton, which isn't that far away either. Was ready to get there the next day but alas no sighting.

I did kind of get my reward as I had a Golden Oriole at Broadwater Warren yesterday, 24th. It flew off just as I was turning a corner and I couldn't re-locate it. Being my usual self I started to doubt the sighting but there is no way I mis-identified it. I spoke to the warden who happened to be there when I got back to the car and he started to doubt it too so that didn't help. Migration is happening though, if that Flycatcher can get to Dungeness then anything is possible. Also had just 1 Tree Pipit, Buzzard, 11 Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, 12 House Martin (had seen 120 the day before outside work), Great Tit, Blue Tit, usual Crow and Woodpigeons, along with Blackbird, Magpie, Robin and Kestrel. Quite a good haul for the sight, am still going to see if we can get a scrape or wader area on site.

Views of the heath areas at Broadwater

this small pool was dry for a while

This over turned tree has been particularly good for Yellowhammmers

If you visit then please take note of this as you will get very muddy feet
otherwise, I have tried. Below is the problem you will have to cross.

Thought it was time to get some site shots on here.

There are a lot of iron rich pool near the walkway and these trees
seem to be turning the same colour as the water they feed on.

Thats all for now more tomorrow.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Local twitch

Yes I did twitch this, however it is local. Grey Phalarope at Bough Beech with 2 hours before picking boys up from school. It was on the North lake, furthest away part it could possibly be on of course. This was my first for site, think the last one was 2008. Closer, of course, was a Black-tailed Godwit.

Lovely Blackwit

Distant but you can tell what it is.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Broadwater latest

On the 12th I visited Broadwater Warren again. They have started the winter work there so some paths are closed off. That however didn't stop quite a few people still walking down those paths.
4 Swallows fly over heading for the coast. The ever present Crows, recently seem to be seeing 3 on every visit. Magpie heard calling as well as Robin and Blackbird. Blue Tit, Buzzard drifting over and a posing Mistle Thrush were it for the birds. The Mallards that were there seem to have disappeared, hopefully only moved temporarily.

Brown and Migrant Hawkers seem to be the main dragonflies now. Still a couple of Blue-tailed and loads of Common Darters. There were 40+ beetles in the pond, beetles, funghi and Wood Ants. Butterflies seem to have disappeared now.

Brown Hawker.

Part of the crowd of beetles in the pond


Wood Ants

Slug - I can kind of appreciate them here
but not in my garden where there are loads.

Different type of funghi from last visit

Love the spiders web in the back ground 

Stock Dove was my 56th species for the site. Hoping for a Whinchat this week, maybe Siskin and Redpoll, and getting into Redwing, Fieldfare time soon. Think as well that in the coming month Crossbill might appear. It's all looking good.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

What's been happening.

Days turn to weeks and I realize that time seems to be flying for me at the moment.
Since my red-rumped, I have been over the warren about 3 times.
There doesn't seem  to be many birds over there at the moment, or many that are showing themselves that is. 
On the 2nd Grey Wagtail was the best with Woodpigeon, Crow, Robin and Kestrel and support.
The ever present Crow and Woodpigeon on all days.

Migrant Hawker I believe.

Bee sp

Bee or Wasp I think, possibly a Solitary.

Common Darter

The 10th saw Stock Dove over and Green Woodpecker. Also the same dragonfly on the same plant as before. 

Haven't got id yet probably Migrant.

Have put Brimstone on here before but his was so bright.

Funghi on tree

This one sat nicely for me.

Of the damselflies the Azure and Large red seem to have gone, still a few Blue-tailed and lots of Common Darters. Also Brown Hawkers seem to be more plentiful.