Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve Website

Click below:
Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve

Great work by Dingers!

Blackwits and bits

 Adult (left) and juvenile Black-tailed Godwit

 Adult (right) and juvenile Black-tailed Godwit (adult moulting inner primaries)
 Two juvenile Black-tailed Godwits from yesterday. Are these two different pairs of birds or has one of the juvs gone and been replaced by an adult?
 Juvenile large gulls. An interesting time of year to be looking at juvenile large gulls (a bad time of year for other ages as so worn and bleached in many cases). In last few weeks there's been juvenile Herring, Lesser Black-backed, Yellow-legged and Caspian.
Straw Underwing. Several over last few evenings. Typical species recently include Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-boarded Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Pale Mottled Willow, White-point, Copper Underwing and Willow Beauty. The Jersey Tigers seemed to have gone post peak now. Still a few butterflies about- Gatekeeper, Small White, Meadow Brown, Holly and Common Blue today. Migrant and Southern Hawkers, Common Darter and a few Small Red-eyes still.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Birdwatch Article: Defending the Patch

Link to PDF of this article now available:
Beddington Farmlands Birdwatch Article

A Sustainable Future- coming this way?

                           source BBC today

Birds have always been indicators of environmental change- the first Swallow heralds spring is coming, the last?- that winter is on the way. So what does a 60%  reduction in our nations biodiversity (including bird populations) indicate? It probably means something rather significant is on the way?

What does it normally take for an individual (or a society's) behavioural declining path to turn round? In a wiseman's words from this weekend.... 'A near-death experience'. So perhaps the conclusion is, be positive and hope for the worse?

Not much that can be done without more supporters and that won't happen until something seismic happens. So good to get somewhere safe and then be working steady and nice and easy- there's literally no rush. I'm going to look at some more plant galls :-)
some lovely galls

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bird Fair

Went to the Bird fair yesterday.
Great to see some people and some things.
Not so great to see some other things e.g. Packham crying?!
Highlight of the day was guinea fowl confit with the gang in the evening.

Friday, 15 August 2014


 Juvenile Spotted Redshank (and Green Sandpiper bottom pic)
 Variation in Pied/White Wagtails- 19 in a flock on 100 acre
Reed Warbler- still quite a few about. Some recently fledged birds too. Most other local breeding warblers have long gone.
We re-found the Spotted Redshank today on 100 acre- together with a Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. 2 Blackwits still on the lake. Quite a few Chiffchaffs around- 10-15. A bit of a passage of hirundines in this morning's rain- 30+ Sand Martin, 20+ Swallow, 5 House Martin and 40+ Swift. A few other bits from today here: bits

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Peg takes Pecker

A bit gutted today to see an adult Peregrine take a Great Spotted Woodpecker. There's about 3000 Starlings on site and it had to pick out the only Great Spot flying from one side of the farm to the other. We've only got two or three Great Spots. That shouldn't be in the rules!
A good day- a juv Spotted Redshank (I dipped it), 2 juv Blackwits, 15 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 20 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear, 20 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 100 Swift, 25 Linnet and 30 Goldfinch.
Plenty of moth action last night including a first for the farmlands- Pyrausta despicata. Also 20+ Jersey Tiger, Rosy Rustic and Straw Underwing.