Thursday, 22 March 2012


The pied blackbird in Firs Chase posed briefly for this photo, taken through a venetian blind. This male blacky has been present since last autumn and shows a striking white head and rump.

The recent sunny days have seen a few chiffchaffs at the park with one heard calling from the park pond today Thursday 22nd. There were two birds calling from here yesterday with a third one seen in the car park. The first chiffchaff heard was on Tuesday when was was singing near the Golfhouse. Martin Cock noted a wheatear on the Reeveshall seawall on Tuesday.

A Mediterranean gull called from the mudflats today and two were seen circling over the car park on Tuesday. A little owl sat up calling at dusk by the car park today while on Tuesday afternoon a common buzzard flew west over the car park. There was the rare rasping sound of a grey partridge calling from the field to the west of the park on Saturday 17th at dusk.

Today there were 14 tufted ducks and 4 pochard on the park pond while on the fields 25+ snipe and 10 pied wagtails caught the eye.

Butterflies noted have been a couple of peacocks in the car park on Tuesday and a small white just to the north of the park.

The moth trap had a better catch than expected considering the clear skies on Wednesday night and a very heavy dew by Thursday morning. This clouded drab pictured above was one of fifty moths noted along with red chestnut, common quaker, hebrew character and oak beauty.

A dozen of these small quaker moths were seen in the trap, a better than average catch here for March.


Ranthambore National Park said...

Awesome photos and nice information with good stuff..

Dougal Urquhart said...

Thanks for the comment. The wildlife here probably seems a bit tame compared to the world famous Ranthambore NP! It's nice to hear you like the photos and reading the comments. Hopefully folk here get just as much enjoyment when they're out on the remote coastal marshes with the distinctive sounds and sights of the local wildlife as company.
-Regards Dougal