Friday, 18 March 2022

Kestrel

I visited Pulborough Brooks this afternoon and was treated to two kestrel, circling and hovering by the River Arun.  Not true hovering, what the kestrel is really doing is flying forward at exactly the same speed as the wind is blowing it back and therefore appears motionless. Lots of minor adjustments made to keep the kestrel in position.  


Thursday, 17 March 2022

Sparrow hawk

 Sparrow hawk circling low over our garden, a common sighting locally, but lower than usual.




Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Comma butterfly

I saw the first comma butterfly in our garden today. This species hibernates as an adult and emerges to feed on spring flowers. This butterfly has distinctive ragged wings and a white comma mark on the underside of its wings that gives this butterfly its name.


Underwater cam view of the frogs and spawn

I used my underwater cam to try to get some underwater video. Every time I put the camera in the pond, one of the male frogs kept rushing over to the camera




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Frogs spawning in our pond

A look back to 22nd February when the frogs retuned to our pond to spawn. They decided to spawn in the middle of a gale.







Friday, 11 March 2022

Return to Blogging

After a break from writing this blog while I was studying Zoology at Sussex University I have decided to restart this blog. I return from 3 fantastic years at university where I gained lots of new knowledge and skills and was pleased, as a mature student, to gain a BSc 2:1 (Hons) in Zoology. While studying at university I swapped to sharing sightings and observations on my social media channels and during the pandemic, which I will continue, but through the blog it will be possible to share in more detail. 

The aim of the blog remains the same, to share sightings and observations in and around my garden and occasionally other parts of Sussex with the aim of encouraging people to take a closer look at their own local patch.

New posts will be appearing soon. 


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Brief update

A busy year but while this blog has been silent I have been posting on my twitter feed which you can see these posts on  @BioAuthorEdu

Lots has been happening in my garden this year. As usual the frogs appeared and laid loads of spawn which I luckily I was able to cover up in time and prevent them from freezing in the cold snap. So far they have yet to grow legs.

Lots of bee activity and mason bees are currently using my bee hotel which has been exciting. I have also been involved in the Brighton and Hove Sparrow Project, more on this soon.

The swifts have arrived at last, summer would not be the same with out them.

So lots to share, more posts soon.