Saturday, 21 July 2012

21 July 2012 Beachy Head Fine & sunny, NE 1-3

 We covered from Birling Lane to the Hotel Garden. Just the odd returning migrants but butterflies were showing in fair numbers:

Kestrel 1 Juv.
Peregrine 3-4
Oystercatcher 10 on beach
Curlew 1 on beach
Herring Gull 1 3rdcy. with red ring with black lettering on left leg - AX1T on beach.
Swift 3
Stonechat 6
Common Whitethroat 14
Blackcap 1 juv. type at Birling
Willow Warbler 2
Tree Creeper 1 B/T wood
Corn Bunting 1 singing

Chalk Hill Blue 12
Small Heath 3
Small Copper 2
Small Skipper 6
Dark Green Fritillary 9
Comma 1
Red Admiral 1
Meadow Brown 15
Gatekeeper 20
Marbled White 15

Juvenile Blackcap at Birling

Ringed Herring Gull on beach at Birling

Curlew on beach at Birling



Adult Peregrine starting moult.

Juvenile Peregrine

Juv. Kestrel

Round-headed Rampion

Marbled White

Male Chalk Hill Blue

Underwing of the male Chalk Hill Blue


Dark Green Fritillary

Huge Puffball around a foot wide.

Volucella bombylans mimicing a White-tailed Bumblebee