Must admit , when I picked Martin up for a trip into deepest Sussex , the wind and grey sky did not look good for finding our quarry , Wall Brown and Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterflies . Crossing the Kent / Sussex border , drizzly rain became heavier , and doubts raised became stronger , especially with the forecasted clearance from the West showing no sign of appearing . But , as we pulled in to the car park at High and Over , just South of Alfriston , the first rays of sun appeared , albeit accompanied by a very strong wind . We headed along to the lookout point high above the meandering River Cuckmere where we were mainly sheltered from the wind , but beyond that point , just above the Litlington 'White Horse' , it was like walking into a wind tunnel . I returned to the car for binoculars , which I had failed to put in before leaving , but was presented by my first Wall
After returning to the car and having lunch , we made the short trip to Abbotts Wood for our second quarry , Pearl-bordered Fritillary . White fluffy clouds in blue skies greeted us on arrival , but even though in woodland , the wind was still strong . We visited the site last year , finding the species towards the end of their flight time and said we would make it earlier this year . On arrival in the northern area , it was obvious that a large amount of clearance had been done since last year , probably doubling or trebling the coppiced area , but as we soon found , the butterflies were staying true to their original area , with just one male being found outside of it . Specimens were found
Birds heard / seen on the first site included Common Buzzard , Willow Warbler and at least two singing Nightingales . The most numerous species seen was the Speckled Yellow day flying moth ,
And finally , we have been seeing a lot of a pair of Coal Tits around the garden , and on Monday Carol saw one with food in it's bill , heading for the Ivy clad fence in the bottom corner , where I had placed a hollowed out branch , with entrance hole , a couple of years ago . With binoculars , I kept watch from the other corner , and was delighted to see the pair arriving at the nest with food on a regular basis . Would be nice if the parents brought the young to the feeders a bit later on .
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