Saturday, April 30, 2005

Rattled - then nailed. 166 species in total

After a very damp hour and a bit around Morestead Down in the early morning, I was beginning to think my target species had gone extinct. But a short afternoon ride in hot sunshine to Magdalen Hill Down provided that 'Ivory-billed Woodpecker' moment - a single singing male Lesser Whitethroat, rattling away unseen in the blackthorn scrub - also lots of Green Hairstreaks and some Orange Tips here today.