An early morning walk from Fairlight to Hastings yesterday, primarily in search of birds, turned into a general nature ramble, with a great deal of interest encountered.
Birds were in fact pretty good, with 9 Crossbills dropping into Warren Glen, a close circling Peregrine. a singing male Dartford Warbler accompanied by another bird, looking good for a nesting pair, and again a singing Cettis Warbler in Ecclesbourne Glan, apparently a territorial male.
The early morning sun shines nicely on Brakey Bank [west side of Warren Glen] and I usually linger here, looking for interesting insects. The photos show a selection of these: A “Wood Wasp” which I havent as yet been able to identify [the long prong is an ovipositor used for laying eggs in wood, not a sting !], the common beetle Cantharis fusca which is abundant in the Country park at present, it is related to the familiar Soldier Beetle; and the very smart bug Miris striatus, which I first encountered near Fairlight a couple of weeks ago.
Easier to identify were butterflies, a couple of very fresh Red Admirals, a Small Tortoiseshell and a bright Painted Lady. But the highlight of the walk for me was an Adder sunning itself on the steps in Ecclesbourne Glen. I know these are seen in the Country Park, but this was a first for me, in fact the first I’ve seen anywhere for 5 years.