Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven: Insects, a Kestrel and Knots 17.12.21
Updated: Sep 26, 2021
This post focusses on insects at Seaford Head; but there some birds too, particularly at Cuckmere Haven.
I walked this route from 15.00 to 19.00
Vineyard Snail, Cernuella virgata, on Wild Carrot, Daucus Carota
Fly. Genus Winthermia
Sphegina genus of Hoverfly, probably Sphegina elegans
The darker flower in the middle of Wild Carrot blossom that imitates an insect to attract pollinators (flies and hoverflies)
Yellow Dung Fly, Scathophaga stercoraria eating a small fly
Two Hoverflies, probably genus Prosena on Spear Thistle
Fly, probably family Anthomyiidae on Wild Carrot
Crane Fly. Tipula paludosa
Possibly Lasioglossum calceatum (Common Furrow Bee) on Knapweed
Small Heath Butterfly, Coenonympha pamphilus on Knapweed
A Small Heath on Ragwort.
A Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus
Common Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus
A species of the Bell Flower, Camoalula genus.
A juvenile Kestrel in Hope Bottom
Rosebay Willowherb, Chamaenerion angustifolium
Hlea-All, Prunella vulgaris
Comma Butterfly, Polygonia c-album
Bar Tailed Godwit
Knot Calidris canutus (juvenile plumage)
Bar Tailed Godwit
The knot is a dumpy, short-legged, stocky wading bird. In winter, it is grey above and white below - in summer the chest, belly and face are brick-red. In flight, it shows a pale rump and a faint wing-stripe. It forms huge flocks in winter which wheel and turn in flight, flashing their pale underwings as they twist and turn.
Many knots use UK estuaries as feeding grounds, both on migration and in winter, and therefore the population is vulnerable to any changes such as barrages, sea-level rises and human disturbance. Large numbers of birds visit the UK in winter from their Arctic breeding grounds. Knot Bird Facts | Calidris Canutus - The RSPB
A House Sparrow at dusk