Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Up to 100 wigeon have settled into the country park in recent weeks, present either on the saltmarsh, the grazing fields, the nearby dyke or the park pond where they can have a bathe and drink. Also in the area are 100+ brent geese mainly feeding on the saltmarsh at the Point or on the algae on the mudflats.

On Sunday 29th a siskin and a lesser redpoll flew over the park, while the day before 2 redwing, 4 goldcrest, 4 lesser repolls were noted on Saturday 28th.
A rock pipit was seen at the Point on Friday 27th and 3 gadwall were on the park pond.
Flying high over the park early on Wednesday 25th were 1000+ wood pigeons, also noted were a brambling and six siskins. Four late swallows flew over the park on Tuesday 24th.

Martin Cock reported a guillemot, Mediterranean gull and a stonechat at Rewsalls on Thursday 26th, a peregrine and common buzzard were seen near Shop Lane on Wednesday 25th while at Maydays two rock pipits and a pair of stonechats were seen on Tuesday 24th.
A pair of stonechats was seen at the park on Monday 23rd and again on Tuesday 24th when they perched by the clifftop and then seen later that morning close to the car park.

A muntjac deer was seen in the park grazing fields mid morning on Sunday 29th and also a muntjac beside Manwood Grove by Shop Lane on Friday 27th.
A small white and red admiral were on the wing at the park on Friday 27th, while a clouded yellow and 15+ red admirals on the move at the park on Wednesday 25th.

Numbers of moths in the trap at the park have been dropping off through October, however this streak was of interest on the 25th - the first for a couple of years.

A freshly marked satellite showing the tiny satellite dots beside each main white spot was in the trap on the night of the 25th. Also twenty other moths such as green brindled crescent, November, feathered thorn and red-green carpet.

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