"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Cliffs: visible migration Wednesday 22nd March 2017

    Counting period: 06:10 - 08:10
    Weather: wind SSE4, temperature 4 ℃
    Observers: Gary Elton, Andy Brown and Frank Branch

    SNSNSN
    Red Kite  1  -  Carrion Crow  1  -  Chaffinch  2  -  
    Woodpigeon  289  -  Wood Lark  1  -  Greenfinch  9  -  
    Collared Dove  8  -  Starling  95  -  Linnet  43  -  
    Magpie  7  -  Tree Sparrow  7  -  Goldfinch  33  -  
    Jackdaw  9  -  alba wagtail sp.  47  -  Siskin  24  -  
    Rook  23  -  Meadow Pipit  80  -  Reed Bunting  5  -  

    Totals: 684 individuals, 18 species, 2:00 hours

    Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)

    Red Kite, Hunstanton Cliffs, 22nd March 2017 - Gary Elton


    Tree Sparrow, Hunstanton Cliffs, 22nd March 2017 - Gary Elton


    Thursday, 16 March 2017

    Cliffs: visible migration 16th March 2017

    Counting period: 06:05 - 08:35
    Weather: wind WSW4, cloud-cover 3/8, temperature 6 ℃
    Observers: Andy Brown & Frank Branch

    SNSNSN
    Woodpigeon  745  -  Fieldfare  228  -  Linnet  145  -  
    Collared Dove  1  -  Redwing  1242  -  redpoll sp.  7  -  
    Magpie  4  -  Tree Sparrow  53  -  Goldfinch  104  -  
    Jackdaw  9  -  alba wagtail sp.  95  -  Siskin  534  -  
    Rook  19  -  Meadow Pipit  79  -  Yellowhammer  1  -  
    Carrion Crow  12  -  Rock Pipit  1  -  Reed Bunting  2  -  
    Blue Tit  3  -  Chaffinch  44  -    
    Starling  224  -  Greenfinch  8  -    

    Totals: 3560 individuals, 22 species, 2:30 hours

    Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)

    Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    Cliffs: visible migration Wednesday 15th March


      Counting period: 06:10 - 08:10
      Weather: wind WSW2, cloud-cover 6/8, temperature 8 ℃
      Observers: Gary Elton & Andy Brown

      SNSNSN
      Woodpigeon  687  -  Redwing  363  -  Bullfinch  1  -  
      Collared Dove  3  -  Tree Sparrow  23  -  Greenfinch  1  -  
      Jackdaw  10  -  Grey Wagtail  3  -  Linnet  127  -  
      Rook  3  -  alba wagtail sp.  78  -  redpoll sp.  1  -  
      Carrion Crow  1  -  Meadow Pipit  68  -  Goldfinch  20  -  
      Starling  72  -  Rock Pipit  1  -  Siskin  233  -  
      Blackbird  2  -  Chaffinch  40  -  Reed Bunting  2  -  

      Totals: 1739 individuals, 21 species, 2:00 hours

      Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)

      Sunday, 12 March 2017

      Four Flies

      Lispe tantaculata, Holme NWT, 12th March 2017


      Hydrophorus oceanus (Dolichopodidae) Holme NWT, 12th March 2016


      Unidentified Scathophagid, Holme NWT, 12th March 2017


      A Heleomyzid, tentatively identified as  Tephrochlamys tarsalis, Holme NWT VC, 12.03.2017


      Spring arrives - and the Environment Agency are out cutting and smashing our native plants into submission on Thornham Bank yet again.

      No way to treat a nationally scarce plant: Suaeda vera - part of the special interest of this internationally  important site - smashed to pieces on Thornham bank yet again by the Environment Agency, 12th March 2017.




      Saturday, 11 March 2017

      Saturday 11th March: Kite, Coltsfoot, Bittern and Holly Speckle

      Red Kite, Holme NWT, 11th March 2017


      Coltsfoot, Holme NWT, 11th March 2017


      Bittern, Holme NWT, 11th March 2017


      Holly Speckle, Trochila ilicina, Holme NWT, 11th March 2017

      Tuesday, 7 March 2017

      Mallow rust

      Rust fungus Puccinia malvacearum on Common Mallow on Redgate Hill.  The rust is also found on Hollyhock.

      Monday, 6 March 2017

      Sweet Violets

      Sweet Violet, Viola odorata, Ringstead Downs, 6th March 2016




      Off Patch - some beetles from Dersingham Bog

      Ladybird, Dersingham Bog, 6th March 2017


      Strophosoma melanogrammum, Dersingham Bog, 6th March 2017


      Stenolophus teutonus, Dersingham Bog, 6th March 2017


      Heather Ladybird, Chilocorus bipustulatus, Dersingham Bog, 6th March 2017


      Some recent beetles from Ringstead Downs

      Ocypus aeneocephalus, Ringstead Downs, 6th March 2017


      Graptus triguttatus, Ringstead Downs, 6th March 2017


      Longitarsus dorsalis, Ringstead Downs, 6th March 2017


      Rhinocyllus conicus, Ringstead Downs, 6th March 2017