Thursday, 11 September 2008
Thursday 11th September
No Painted Ladies today or Hummingbird Hawkmoths but 21x Commas and 11x Red Admirals on the Buddleia bushes by Oaken Wood. Only 14 bird species today in contrast to yesterday's respectable 23. However I was pleased to see a clamour of Rooks feeding on the cattle field by Gallagher's racecourse (Kiln Barn Farm). They quite a rarity on the Ditton side of Oaken Woods as I'm sure Steve Nunn will testify for New Hythe! I guess these have made their way across from the rookery by Teston Bridge, only a short distnace as the Rook flies. However the highlight of my morning was a rather sedate Wheatear on one of the fence posts.....at last! I must have seen 20+ on Monday around Dungeness/Rye Harbour but there's nothing like getting one on your own patch.