Friday, 19 June 2015

Portsdown Hill - patch listing

An hour and a half spent below Fort Southwick, Portsdown Hill, this afternoon walking the old transect in Campartments 1 and 2 produced: large skipper (4), small blue (5), holly blue (2), meadow brown (18), marbled white (13), brimstone (5), speckled wood (2), and singles of comma and brown argus. Silver y, treble bar sp. and a single white ermine moth were also noted.

As is usual with these scrubby grassland compartments chiffchaff, whitethroat and the occasional blackcap were the dominant soundscape. Pyramidal orchid are starting to show in high numbers.

brown argus (Aricia agestis)

small blue (Cupido minimus)

large skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)

white ermine moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda)

Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Orchid afternoon .. on an undisclosed site

common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

frog orchid (Coeloglossum viride)

fly orchid (Ophrys insectifera)

bee orchid (Ophrys apifera)

Monday, 8 June 2015

.. a day on the wing at Butser Hill

1 of Ca. 60 med gulls
(Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)
 flocking on the hill top
green hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)
burnet companion (Euclidia glyphica)
speckled yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia)
mother shipton (Callistege mi)
small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
common blue (Polyommatus icarus)
small blue (Cupido minimus)
Pyrausta despicata
P. C.f. aurata
dingy skipper (Erynnis tages)

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Titchfield Haven - some lesser noted species, and a GYL

An afternoon's trip to Titchfield Haven NNR was rewarded with the deafening cacophony of breeding black-headed gulls, their young an assortment of ageing unfledged forms varying from brown balls of black spotted down, to the large grey youngsters that resemble waders out of the corners of your eyes. A single pair of med gulls, amongst them, the female still sitting on unhatched eggs. Avocet youngsters mimicked their parents scooping at the surface of the water, one pair with four(!) young at the water's edge.

Drifting between the hides on the northern side of the reserve, hoping for a glimpse of the GYL - we stopped at the Darters Dip bridge, watching a four spotted chaser patrol its territory - battling off usurpers - from its favourite perch on a dead stick wet ditch side.

Below in the ditch, a small shoal of chubb swam, easily disturbed by a shadow cast from, or heavy footfall on the wooden planks of the bridge. A brilliant green female damselfly - hastily identified as a banded demoiselle - as much on habitat expectations as features noted - shone amongst its duller cousins.

A solitary painted lady flighty in the wake of passing disinterested birders, failed to settle, flushing frequently before heading west along the path.

A quick drag up to the Posbrook Floods, and we were able to connect with the GYL, staring intently at a clump of rush some 40-50m away for about twenty minutes, before the bird finally appeared mid-clump like a shy actor emerging from between the stage curtains. Too far away to bother with a record shot, we watched the bird a while, as it preened, roosted did little else of note.