Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Tuesday at Samphire Hoe began with my usual wander round checking the life belts and the bird life,a blackcap was the first to claim attention ,singing loudly from across the railway tracks,four whitethroats are singing and presumably holding territory.Swifts and house martins filled the air over the main pond and the male stonechat was sitting up and calling,later the female was seen as well so perhaps they have nestlings to feed.A grey heron was in the rock pools at the west end much to the annoyance of the local gulls,at the other end the black redstarts were seen on the rocks,first time I `ve seen them for a few weeks,so maybe they too  have hungry mouths to feed,hopefully.
After it had warmed up a bit I did a butterfly transect with young Mr Wells who had paid a visit,we drew a blank on the first three sections where it was windy and exposed but in the shelter of the cliff on section four the first common blues of the year were found and my first small heaths also.Wall brown,dingy skipper,small copper and orange tip were also recorded,as well as the first damsel flies.


As it got warmer and the wind subsided it definitely felt like a honey buzzard or bee eater day,but no such luck but a short eared owl in off was a bonus.

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