Thursday, 1 August 2019

Southwold, Suffolk and travelling.

A day trip to the beach with Jayne, Becky, Ryan and Chewie.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).
We set off for the coast to spend a few hours on the beach, on the way I saw Bullfinch (Camachuelo Común / Pyrrhula pyrrhula), Yellowhammer (Escribano Cerillo / Emberiza citronella), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Rook (Graja /  Corvus frugilegus), Canada Geese (Barnacla Canadiense /Branta canadensis) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).
After we parked we walked across the dunes to the beach, on the way we flushed up several Meadow Pipits (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and a single Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis).
We set everything up and then I went for a walk into the narrow area of dunes and checked several plants of Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum) where I found several species of butterflies including Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and Small White (Pieris rapae).
As we were playing down by the sea I also recorded Herring (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla), Sandwich (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and Common Tern (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo) and back inland Common Starling (Estornino Pinto / Sturnus vulgaris), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone).
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas).
Later in the afternoon after some lunch at a nearby pub we packed up the kit when it started to rain, as we walked back to the car a largish dragonfly flew passed which I was in Spain I would not have hesitated to put down as a Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger) but I was in Suffolk.
Ayway a few days later I heard that there were a few Vagrant Emperors seen in the area so it probably was one.
Once the Kit, Ryan and Chewie were all in the motor we headed back to the house, thanks to Becky for a nice day out.

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