26 May 2013
During a break from working in the garden today a mocking Carrion Crow made me look up just as a Red Kite (only the second one so far recorded here) circled overhead. With a Usain Bolt style dash into the house to grab the binoculars and camera I just made it back in time to grab a couple of record shots.
|A Red Kite drifts over the garden heading north|
27 May 2013
Platt and ReculverWith the temperature finally rising I ran the moth trap overnight. A fairly small catch in the rather clear skies, but four Scalloped Hazel, a Coxcomb Prominent and a very smart Herald made it worthwhile. Otherwise two Red Twin-spot Carpet and a Green Carpet, two Nut-tree Tussock, a Peppered Moth, three Brimstone and a Hebrew Character.
|Scalloped Hazel (Pale phase)|
|Scalloped Hazel (Dark phase)|
|Scalloped Hazel (pale and dark phases together)|
After breakfast we decided to enjoy the amazing Bank Holiday weather with a long walk and plumped for Reculver. We started at Shuart Farm and wandered down to the railway, turned left along the raised bank, up the Green Wall, around the Oyster Farm and back along the seawall to Chambers Wall, then back in to the raised bank and on to Shuart Farm. In all it took us just under four hours, before we headed to Chislet to enjoy some lunch in the garden of the Gate Inn.
At the end of Shuart Lane I scanned the fields to the east and immediately picked up a group of circling raptors. Initially there was a Red Kite and a couple of Common Buzzard, but they were soon joined by a second Red Kite and two Marsh Harrier. The two Kites turned into the wind and separately drifted SW over Nethercourt Farm and away.
Along the path Mandy practiced her Butterfly identification with Large, Green-veined and Small Whites, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood and Peacock. I tried to get some images, but all the insects were very active.