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From the Clifftop

A couple of overcast and warmer nights have boosted my Fairlight moth list to 101, with 35 species yesterday morning being a good score for May. All fairly common species, though Silver-ground Carpet was new for the house list, and it's always nice to see Cream-spot Tiger.


Hastings Country Park

An early morning walk through the Country Park yesterday produced a surprise singing Dartford Warbler, my first here for a year. Also surprising was the number of Stonechats, with no less than four males. and two and one fledged juveniles in widely seperated sites on the Firehills-they seem to be doing really well here. There were plenty of Yellowhammers on the Firehills, where a Meadow Pipit carrying food indicated breeding. A Peregrine was calling from the cliffs , while an unusual concentration of 600 Herring Gulls presumably attracted to fish was conspicuously noisy.


From the Clifftop and East Guldeford Levels

Warmer nights continue to increase my Fairlight moth list, though heavy rain one night got into the trap electrics [this isn't supposed to happen], burning out the controller and tripping everything in the house !

Thanks to very prompt service by Watkins & Doncaster I only missed a night. New species for the year  included the showy Cream-spot Tiger, Coxcomb Prominent and both Small Phoenix and Phoenix; as usual at this time of year, nothing unusual. Quite a lot of Cockchafers.

A visit to EGL this morning added to my zero Turtle Dove  results,  but just the short circuit produced 9 male Yellow Wagtails, all in Field Beans, also 4 singing Corn Buntings and a male Stonechat hanging around some remote bramble bushes. This is first time I've recorded one here in the breeding season.


From the Clifftop

At last !  After a sultry day yesterday and a cloudy night, my first attempt with my Fairlight  moth trap for some time produced a decent haul. These included two new species for the house: White-pinion Spotted and a nice Lime Hawk. In all there were 15 species and my year list rises to 59, including first cocoon of Brown-tail in our front hedge.

Birding improved too, with a Honey Buzzard flying rapidly east up the Brede Valley yesterday, while I toiled at our Winchelsea allotment


From the Clifftop

I've currently given up running the moth trap during this lengthy run of cold nights-a waste of elecricity just to catch two common moths !  Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible...

Birding has been hard work too [it seems to get harder every year], forays in search of Turtle Doves and Nightingales have been unsuccesful so far. Yesterday was notable for a passage of well-tracked Pomarine Skuas along the coast in the afternoon. As it happened, I was ready for these, espcially the flock of 11 heading my way past Bexhill. But despite the best that Swarovski can offer, I was unable to pick these out from the clifftop, as in previous years I suspect they cut across to Dungeness too distanly for me to see. I did see one distant Skua that looked like an Arctic Skua, and a party of 6 Knots-an addition to the house list. Closer to home , we were invaded by noisy groups of young Starlings.