Two hard days fencing up on the Greensand Ridge , produced another female Roe Deer , but this time running at full tilt down the field we were fencing , and no chance of a picture .
Today I decided to return to Ashdown Forest , for the birds and also hoping for Silver-studded Blues , which have started to emerge on other sites , but no sign at all in their usual site there . A strange day birdwise , with just 31 species recorded , and surprisingly , just one raptor all day , although I did find another Great Spotted Woodpecker nest with young being fed .
The highlights of the visit were ,male and female Stonechat ,Tree Pipit , singing his heart out ,and still singing as he parachutes back down ,a few Linnets were found , including this male ,the only raptor found all day was this Kestrel , whilst hoping to find a Cuckoo on the wires ,male and female Common Redstart ,a juvenile Common Redstart , part of 3/4 family groups seen ,
two singing male Woodlarks heard outside the reserve , and a pair collecting food .
Disappointing numbers of Odonata ,but several male Emperor Dragonflies recorded , and a female ovipositing , female Broad-bodied Chaser ovipositing , and just one Four Spotted Chaser recorded .
A couple of moths for the man , the first might be a Wave of some sort , but I will be interested in the second , as I think I have found this species before , but never been able to identify it .