No wildlife today, but some panoramas from yesterday’s walk from home around Cissbury, Chanctonbury and Lancing Rings, a total of 17.5 miles. Highlights, other, than superb views, included an incredible number of Wall butterflies on Steep Down, as well as at least 30 Corn Buntings there (presumably a post-breeding gathering) and the biggest rarity: RAIN!
It was quite entertaining to watch either side of the downs getting heavily rained on while I only had a few spots throughout the afternoon.
Chanctonbury (peeking out behind the left of the gorse) and Lancing (the distant wood just right of the very small bush by the right-hand path) Rings from the trig point on Cissbury Ring
Chanctonbury (far left), Lancing to the left of the gap to the sea and Cissbury Rings from the path below Cissbury
Lancing and Cissbury Rings from Chanctonbury
Lancing (far left), Cissbury (right of centre) and Chanctonbury (about 3/4 right) from Steep Down
Cissbury and Chanctonbury (peeking through the cloud of dust from the combine harvester) from Lancing Ring
It’s always a bit quiet bird-wise in June and July, but this weekend has seen a return to birding, with a Red-backed Shrike, handily placed for our lunch appointment and today a walk around Pagham Harbour. In truth, this was more walk than birding, but we did get a nice red Curlew Sandpiper and a few other waders. They were too far away for decent pictures, though. On the home front, the moth numbers are rising.
Ethmia quadrillella, a rarity in Sussex
Directions to the Shrike: turn rght at the Dragonfly sculpture
A blast from the past
This handsome chap will turn into a grey Sycamore moth
Black-tailed Godwit, still in summer plumage
Our garden is home to a few species of Bush-cricket and over the last week we have added another in the form of Roesel’s Bush-cricket, which has taken to climbing on our doors and windows.
Also at home, the latest moth trap yielded an Oak Nycteoline, not the first we have had, but the first that has hung around long enough to be photographed. Meanwhile on the Downs the Dark-green Fritilaries are out.
The heatwave continues and it’s quiet on the birding front, but the mothing is beginning to pick up a bit and the butterflies are more plentiful. Attached are a few moths of recent traps, including a Bordered Sallow, a new moth for us, and a Silver-washed Fritillary from today’s walk.
Small Elephant Hawkmoth
A herd of Elephants