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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dunnock, Blackcap, Goldfinch and Green woodpecker in a West Sussex garden this week


 Blackcap eating honeysuckle berries.

 Goldfinch eating lavender seeds.
 Greenwoodpecker digging for ants.

Thursday 27 October 2016

Pintail, Greylag geese, Canada geese, Lapwings, Heron, teal, & Marsh Harrier at RSPB Pulborough Brooks this afternoon.

Pintail, Greylag geese, Canada geese

Hundreds of Lapwings

 In the distance a Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Also saw a Peregrine falcon, Red Kit and Kestrel but was not able to get a picture of these.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016

A wonderful walk around Hope Gap and Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex, UK

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The Seven Sisters

Clouded Yellow

Juvenile Goldfinch

Cormorants & Lesser Black-backed gull


Crane fly

Thursday 15 September 2016

Common Darters, Southern Hawkers and a Black Darter at Old Lodge Nature Reserve yesterday.

 Above one of the man-made ponds at Old Lodge Nature Reserve, which make it a special place for Damselflies and Dragonflies
Common Darters and Southern Hawkers were plentiful but bees were hardly seen: there are many, many, more bees of all sorts in my garden due, I imagine to wildflowers and sedum blooming and no grazing .

Wednesday 14 September 2016

'DAMSELFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES (ODONATA)' An Illustrated Talk by Peter Lovett

Thursday September 15th 7.30.p.m. Indoor Meeting Chailey Village Hall
An Illustrated Talk by Peter Lovett
A welcome return by Peter who will tell us about the Odonata of the South Downs, Weald and Heathlands of Surrey and Sussex and how they vary widely and how their lifecycle defies imagination! Furthermore a garden pond is a hot bed of predators, which are themselves predated.
Not to be missed - Visitors welcome.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Devil's-bit Scabious and Field Cuckoo bees on Wolstonbury Hill

 The hill is a blaze of blue from Devil's-bit scabious and other scabious and bellflower species including the Pride of Sussex.
 Field cuckoo bees, Bombus campestris enjoy Devil's-bit scabious.  This bee species is a parasite of carder bumblebees.

Meadow brown


Cuckfield village from Wolstonbury Hill

Friday 2 September 2016

Butterflies & moth on Wolstonbury Hill yesterday

Speckled wood

Small tortoiseshell

Meadow Brown

Common blue

Common blue

Silver-spotted Skipper

Common carpet moth?

Common carpet moth?

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