Sunday, 20 May 2012

Yellow Rattle Pegwell Garden

By Richard Kinzler.

Watching wildlife in Pegwell in June.This is the time of year when you will see garden birds, even the seed-eating finches, feeding their young on insects.
In hot weather try to avoid putting out dry food such as stale bread, as this can increase the chance of dehydration. Always chop nuts or use a feeder, as whole nuts can choke baby birds.

Things to look out for around Pegwell Bay

•Birds nesting, especially Fulmars along Pegwell cliffs
•Song birds still singing – ‘the dawn chorus’
•There will be an increase of Butterflies and Dragonflies
•Bats on the wing
•Meadow flowers, including orchids can be found in Stonelees
•Chalk and Limestone grasslands in flower
•Swifts, Swallows and House Martins chasing insects.

Pegwell Bay

Pegwell Bay by Kinzler Pegwell
Pegwell Bay, a photo by Kinzler Pegwell on Flickr.

Great afternoon spent walking with my daughter along Pegwell Bay Beachcombing !

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi

Probably the commonest of our hawk-moths, it has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting rufous patch, normally hidden.

Distributed commonly throughout most of Britain, the adults are on the wing from May to July, when it is a frequent visitor to light.