Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ivy Bee

A load of these have appeared in the last few weeks, interestingly in an area (a sandy patch) used by different species of bee earlier on in the year. (Thanks to Rachel from Biodiversity Gatwick for id)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Birdguides- Beddington Incinerator piece

Beddington incinerator decision imminent

Birdwatch News Article- Beddington Farmlands Judicial Review


RSPB article- D-day for Beddington Farmlands


The judicial review dates have been set for 9th and 10th October.

Last couple of days at the farmlands

 Another Osprey- headed south yesterday morning
 Hobby- an adult been present for the last few days
 Three Jays seemed to be migrating this morning
 Shovelers- been an influx of waterfowl recently- 100 Teal, 80+ Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 20+ Tufted Duck
 Reed Warbler- a few stragglers around now. The ringers caught a Cetti's yesterday too.
 Wasp Spider
 Small Tortoiseshell- not so many butterflies around now, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small White, Holly Blue but fairly low numbers
Sallow- the best from the moth trap in recent evenings- still too cold

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Wigeon arrival

 Adult male Wigeon, completing it's moult. Small numbers (sometimes flocks overhead) seem to pass through this time of year with more static wintering birds building in winter- although numbers have decreased in recent years due to lack of grazing edges (we need to get the mower out).
 Male Wigeon over Bedzed
 Shovelers- numbers increasing (40+ around). This time of year UK bred Shoveler and birds from Europe, Scandanavia and Russia start to congregate. At the farmlands annual numbers peak in October to November and reduce thereafter as birds move further south into France, Iberia and N.Africa. 
 Juvenile/first winter Great Black-backed Gull- first one in a while on site
 Sedge Warbler- about 15-20 on site at the moment.
 Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner Cameraria ohridella - This is the adult of the species where the larvae famously mine the Horse Chestnut leaves, causing discolouration of the whole tree- affecting nearly all trees in this area (and southern England). Been up to 50 adults at the light trap recently.
Wild Mignonette (A first for the farmlands- found by Nick)

A real good feel of autumn migration today. Birds of the day were a Raven (6th for the site but 2nd this year) that Sicknote had and a Bullfinch that I had (first for year). Also 30+ Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 35+ Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 15+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 10-15 Chiffchaff, 8 Chaffinch (highest number in a while), 1 Reed Bunting, 5 Wigeon (first two for autumn arrived yesterday), 40+ Shoveler, 20+ Teal, 2 Pochard, 20+ Tufted Duck, 20 Grey Heron, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Hobby, 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Common Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull (first of these gull species for a while).
Other stuff- quiet on the moth front, cool evenings, just a few Horse-chestnut leaf miners, Vine Rustics, Square-spot Rustics, Setaceous Hebrew Character and other autumn jobs. Nick found some Wild Mignonette on the Southern Mound (not recorded that before- a Downland species).. All the Fathen is flowering now, so is Ivy (full of honey bees), Knotgrass flowering on 100 acre, a good year for Red Bartsia and the Southern Mound is covered in flowering Bristly Ox-tongue.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


I changed the text to this post. Tried to explain the link between birding and this song. The only link is that as well as being a birder I somehow have to fit into the wider world, which often conflicts with birding- something that often confuses me, particularly with regards to what class I'm in or where I belong.
Anyway I decided birding is classless- in our bird group we have people from all walks of life.  I also decided that there seems to be things out of my control that keeps me where I am, including being a birder and my lack of interest for things that most people seem interested in means that its hopeless to measure my achievements against those kind of values, whereas freedom and time to observe is prestige in my opinion- something others seem to value much less- I guess from different histories and different substance. Somehow there is something levelling about having different values and having different definitions of wealth. Anyway this song was somehow somewhere something to do with that- where social hierarchy is a myth and somehow we all end up classless.