Wednesday, 20 August 2014


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Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve

Great work by Dingers!

Blackwits and bits

 Adult (left) and juvenile Black-tailed Godwit

 Adult (right) and juvenile Black-tailed Godwit (adult moulting inner primaries)
 Two juvenile Black-tailed Godwits from yesterday. Are these two different pairs of birds or has one of the juvs gone and been replaced by an adult?
 Juvenile large gulls. An interesting time of year to be looking at juvenile large gulls (a bad time of year for other ages as so worn and bleached in many cases). In last few weeks there's been juvenile Herring, Lesser Black-backed, Yellow-legged and Caspian.
Straw Underwing. Several over last few evenings. Typical species recently include Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-boarded Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Pale Mottled Willow, White-point, Copper Underwing and Willow Beauty. The Jersey Tigers seemed to have gone post peak now. Still a few butterflies about- Gatekeeper, Small White, Meadow Brown, Holly and Common Blue today. Migrant and Southern Hawkers, Common Darter and a few Small Red-eyes still.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Birdwatch Article: Defending the Patch

Link to PDF of this article now available:
Beddington Farmlands Birdwatch Article

A Sustainable Future- coming this way?

                           source BBC today

Birds have always been indicators of environmental change- the first Swallow heralds spring is coming, the last?- that winter is on the way. So what does a 60%  reduction in our nations biodiversity (including bird populations) indicate? It probably means something rather significant is on the way?

What does it normally take for an individual (or a society's) behavioural declining path to turn round? In a wiseman's words from this weekend.... 'A near-death experience'. So perhaps the conclusion is, be positive and hope for the worse?

Not much that can be done without more supporters and that won't happen until something seismic happens. So good to get somewhere safe and then be working steady and nice and easy- there's literally no rush. I'm going to look at some more plant galls :-)
some lovely galls

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bird Fair

Went to the Bird fair yesterday.
Great to see some people and some things.
Not so great to see some other things e.g. Packham crying?!
Highlight of the day was guinea fowl confit with the gang in the evening.