Clouded Yellow Butterfly in November

It was a beautiful sunny day when I visited Oare Marshes last week and if you count the Starlings there must have been over 5,000 birds around and about, 2,000 of which were made up of Dunlin, Avocets, Golden Plover, Lapwings, Black Tailed Godwits, various Geese and on the not bird scene, beside a few […]

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Rare visit for the Hummingbird Hawk Moth The last time I saw the Hummingbird Hawk Moth was at Nagergot in the Himalayan Foothills ! I’d heard from several people this year who said they’ve had them in and around their Gardens, so I was especially pleased to see this one hopping on and off the […]

Grey Wagtail

Once again I’ve been confined to barracks over the last five days, but on the theory that nature and wildlife is not about four seasons but 365 days a year, I’m still spotting changes every time I walk up the Garden. Grey Wagtails Every year is the same with these fascinating birds, they show a […]

Young Green Woodpecker

Being not quite yet my usual finely tuned Olympic Triathlon self (!!) once again I’m pretty much confined to the Garden and the 100 meters or so down to the fields. There’s always something to see though and again, the beauty of Nature’s Wildlife comes to you if you allow it and sit patiently enough […]

Comma Butterfly

As feared the last part of June involved me being confined to barracks, so no day trips out or walks on the fields. However, just sitting in the Garden made me observe more of what was going on and a chance to do some more swatting up on Wildlife Sites whilst avoiding daytime TV as […]

Painted-Lady

I’m unsure how much wildlife and nature watching I’ll be doing in June. On the 13th (hopefully not unlucky) I’m in Hospital for an operation and by what I hear, June will be a month where I’m confined to Barracks. However, a good opportunity to really watch what’s what around the Garden, so all is […]

Two Swallows resting

It really is a good time of the year for bird migrants and to see two Swallows sitting on the Cables at the end of my Garden this week was a real joy. They have been seen in Dungeness and other coastal places for a couple of weeks now, but over their rest for a […]

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler Like many, I easily mistake Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs when they show up down the Lane, so when I heard the soft ‘squeaky’ call I looked closey at this little bird flying from branch to branch not giving much chance to take a photo. Luckily one shot came out well and another bad […]

Orange Tip Butterfly

April certainly is the start of the summer wildlife season and it’s very apparent around the Lane and surrounding fields. Butterflies The most noticeable change is seeing the Butterflies re-appear; thus far a Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip, Brimstone and Whites, the latter two have not sat long enough for me to get a […]

Grey Wagtail in Stream

After a summer break, the Grey Wagtails suddenly appeared this week, mainly hanging around the Stream which at present is quite low so giving them ample places to splash around in. Add to that the re-appearance of countless Chiffchaffs, the Lane has become quite noisy again. Autumn is upon us, at present warm sunny days […]

Painted Lady Butterfly

I had intended to go to Reculver near Margate and Herne Bay today but with the hottest day of the year forecast changed my mid and went to Samphire Hoe again expecting it to be slightly shaded and with a bit of breeze……….wrong !! It was boiling! Without a doubt though, the highlight for me […]

Young Slow Worm

The weekend started with meeting up with the very knowledgeable birder Neil Burt (See Neil’s Twitter Page) at Conningbrook Lakes. Regret to say that whenever you arrange to meet someone the weather’s bad, but the rain eased at 7.45pm and we had a look at the Little Egrets coming in to roost on the Eco […]

Comma Butterfly

A walk around Conningbrook Lakes this morning didn’t produce many birds but the meadow grass and plants alongside the Eco Lake didn’t disappoint as far as Butterflies go. Comma Luckily I timed things just right, it started off quite dull and overcast but by about 11am the sun came through to give a wonderful colour […]

Sparrowhawk with prey

I love Mountains, hills, valleys and rivers, but there’s something aout Dungeness that never ceases to give me pleasure both in scenery and wildlife. Now at the end of July virtually every meadow plant and flower is in full swing and today, I don’t think I have ever seen so many Butterflies, Dragon Flies and […]

Wild Field Daisies

Bit of a dodgy hip today so my walk down the Fields was mainly spent looking down rather than looking up, didn’t fancy a fall! This turned out to be a more pleasant walk than I expected; the wildlife buffer around the fields seems to be attracting all sorts of flora which in turn is […]