December 2005

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Friday 23rd:

 

A Harbour Porpoise was offshore, only the sixth record, but all within the last few years.

 

 

Saturday 3rd:

 

Large numbers of Common Otter Shells Lutraria lutraria and Common Starfish Asterias rubens were washed up on the beach, providing a feast for thousands of gulls. A Grey Seal was in the estuary feeding in the main channel off Finger Point.

 

 

November 2005

 

 

Saturday 26th:

 

A Grey Seal was resting up on Bull Hill on the incoming tide this morning.

 

 

Thursday 24th:

 

A Stoat was seen near the Main Pond.

 

 

Sunday 20th:

 

Despite two recent frosts, a Common Darter was still present at the Main Pond.

 

 

Sunday 13th:

 

At least three Common Darter and a Migrant Hawker were still on the wing near the Visitor Centre.

 


Common Darter Ivan Lakin

 

 

Saturday 12th:

 

At least two Common Darter were still on the wing with several Red Admiral and a Hornet. The real surprise were however two Speckled Wood.

 

 

Saturday 5th:

 

A female Lesser-spotted Dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula was washed up on the shore of the Bight, a Stoat crossed the fifth fairway and several Red Admiral butterflies were on the wing.

 

October 2005

 

Sunday 30th:

 

A Southern Hawker and several Common Darter were still on the wing.

 

 

Saturday 29th:

 

Field Madder Sherardia arvensis was found growing on the edge of the Buffer Zone near the amusements, this species was last recorded in 1995 on the Golf Course. A wide variety of Fungi are now fruiting around the site.

 


Blackening Waxcap Hygrocybe conica 29 October 2005

Blackening Waxcap Hygrocybe conica 29 October 2005

Candle Snuff fungus Xylaria hypoxylon 29 October 2005

Candle Snuff fungus Xylaria hypoxylon 29 October 2005

Parasol Mushroom Lepiota procera 29 October 2005
 

 

 

Thursday 27th:

 

A Southern Hawker and a Common Blue were still on the wing.

 

 

Wednesday 26th:

 

A Grey Seal was offshore and several Great Green Bush-cricket and Long-winged Conehead are still calling around site.

 

 

Sunday 23rd:

 

A Ruddy Darter was around the Main Pond.

 

 

Thursday 20th:

 

A Stoat showed well around the fifth tee before crossing the golf course. The warm weather brought out five species of dragonfly Common and Ruddy DarterMigrant, Southern and Common Hawker, the latter the first record for several years. Seven species of butterfly were also present including two Painted Lady and a Clouded Yellow.

 

 

Monday 17th:

 

A Ruddy Darter, presumably a migrant, was recorded on the Dune Ridge.

 

 

Sunday 16th:

 

Musk Mallow Malva moschata was rediscovered onsite growing near the Railway Station. Several Red Admiral were recorded during a visible migration watch, the first Red-green Carpet of the year was roosting on a Sycamore in Greenland Lake and the hoverfly Volucella zonaria was still on the wing near the First Pond.

 

 

Thursday 13th:

 

Two Clouded Yellow and a Painted Lady were seen today and good numbers of Common Darter and Migrant Hawker remain on the wing.

 

 

Tuesday 11th:

 

Several of the Alders on site have already produced catkins up to 2-3cm in length.

 

 

Monday 10th:

 

Moth trapping produced around 20 species including the first Oak Nycteoline and Large Wainscot of the year. The only migrant recorded was a single Rush Veneer

 

 

Thursday 6th:

 

Moth trapping again produced around 20 species including the several more Barred Sallow and the first Beaded Chestnut of the year. The pyrale Eudonia angustea was also recorded, apparently for the first time in the recording area. The only migrants recorded were three Hummingbird Hawkmoth and three Silver Y. The surprise of the night was a fresh Rosy Footman, this species is only meant to be on the wing between June and early August.

 


Hummingbird Hawkmoth Ivan Lakin

Beaded Chestnut
Ivan Lakin

Rosy Footman Ivan Lakin

 

Wednesday 5th:

 

Several Migrant Hawker were still on the wing and a fresh Wall Brown on the Dune Ridge was presumably a third generation individual. Moth trapping produced around 20 species including the first Barred Sallow for the recording area and the first confirmed Pink-barred Sallow.  Migrants recorded were Rusty-dot Pearl, Dark Sword Grass and Pearly Underwing. There were also first records of the year of Lunar Underwing, Brindled Green and Pale Mottled Willow.

 


Pink-Barred Sallow, Barred Sallow and The Sallow Ivan Lakin

Brindled Green Ivan Lakin

 

 

Monday 3rd:

 

Eight Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore today.

 

 

Sunday 2nd:

 

Emperor dragonfly, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were still on the wing and Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium montanum was found still in flower near the Crocus Compound.

 

 

Saturday 1st:

 

At least one Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore and a Clouded Yellow in Greenland Lake was one of eleven butterfly species on the wing today.

 

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