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Monday, 12 March 2018

Rock pipit at Brighton cliff, East Sussex yesterday

 At first it looked like this lone Rock pipit was eating worms.  On a closer look it is a fat caterpillar that it is eating here next to the path that runs tangentially from the cliff top above the ASDA supermarket at Brighton marina directly to the under cliff walk towards Rottingdean.

 The bird was near the top of the path and allowed me to get within a path width of it for the next pictures.  It was low tide, yet for this bird it seemed that there were richer pickings amongst the sparse plants on bare chalk.

This is the second time I have seen one near here.  Previously it was on the under cliff walk ignoring walkers and dodging cyclists on the 11th November 2017.  Click on any picture to expand it.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

FREE gutter clearing service.

In recent days a female blackbird and occasionally a male have been removing detritus from a gutter presumably for nest building.

First frogspawn of the year noticed today in Cuckfield, West Sussex, UK.

 A month ago, digging a neglected vegetable bed at least six frogs and two toads were almost a spade depth under solid ground.  I covered them up and am pleased to see spawn now after an absence of some years.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Taming beetles

Now be a good boy and pose nicely.  Oedemera nobilis, from last summer just for fun from last summer in my kitchen.

And some more from Sussex,
Fat-legged Flower beetle male, Oedemera nobilis and Meadow Brown male from June 2016 at Fairmile bottom.
And above male and female in my garden, June 2016.  Click to expand the pic's.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Fieldfare digging for worms.

It is a joy to see Fieldfares feeding in the rich earth around an apple tree.  It is humus rich here because grass clippings are piled up to suppress weeds.  They rot down to rich humus, which is great for worms and birds digging for them.
Please see  for my talk The evolution of a formal garden to a nature reserve.  

Flock of twelve or more Fieldfares in Cuckfield, West Sussex today.

Twelve or more Fieldfares were in my garden this morning and early afternoon feeding on ornamental cherries and worms.  The cherries tasted quite reasonable if one was hungry.

Fieldfares tolerating a female blackbird above.
A Magpie harassed the flock a few times -- scaring them off.  It is lovely to see these birds back again.  Click on any picture to enlarge it.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Marino Ballena National Park, Costa Rica: Scarlet Macaws mob a hawk, monkeys and more.

The view from "Whale tail" tidal beach
 Curious trails in the sand at the water's edge were caused by...
 ... hermit crabs.
 In the distance scarlet macaws were flying.

 Middle picture, half way along the palm frond is a juvenile hawk, which spooked the macaws.  They all took to the air and mobbed the hawk.

 Quite a sight!

 A crab on the sandy spit.
 Another crab species in the rock pools.
 And in the mangroves a kingfisher; an American Pygmy kingfisher -- the smallest kingfisher in Costa Rica.


 A Tricolored* Heron.  *American spelling.
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Is there any interest in Sussex for me to prepare a NEW talk on amazing Costa Rica wildlife?  Please advise if interested.

Some Humming birds of Costa Rica

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