It was time to move on and as we emerged from the marsh, a scan along the far bank of the now tide flooded river revealed three Common Sandpipers all in about a 100 yard stretch, that's the most i've seen along the river in one go I think.The Elderberries are now out and they are a big attraction for the birds, a source of fuel for those planning a foreign trip and maybe a boost for those staying, before the impending Autumn. Either way, the berries and the surrounding bushes at the bottom of the mound were attracting a steady stream of birds including, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Blackcaps and I think the odd Chiffchaff. Long-tailed Tits, not seen very much lately, and Bullfinches were also seen in the area and as we were departing from the mound a Hobby was seen flying high overhead to the east.
Although very warm, there wasn't much sunshine and this meant not many butterflies, Speckled Woods and the 2011 star performers, the Gatekeepers, making most of the numbers. Dragonflies too were hard to find, a couple of Brown Hawkers, some Common and Ruddy Darters and an Emperor or two was about it. Scorpion flies, pictured above were quite numerous, as were hoverflies, maybe the calm conditions suited them all.
We ended up with 40 species which isn't too bad for August, but my NH list for the month is a meagre 47 species, something needs to happen because that is still six behind the poor result of 53 for July........help!
On wednesday Carol and I paid a visit to RSPB Pulborough Brooks, partly to buy a new pair of binoculars, which I ended up not getting, but that's another story. Anyway, the birding wasn't great either, enough said, but I did get two new non bird ticks in the shape of a Southern Hawker dragonfly and a Brown Hairstreak butterfly, neither of which are seen at New Hythe. Pictures below.