A fairly rapid walk along the cliffs this morning, as the windy, dull weather gave few opportunities for insect photography. Birds were quite good though, with a small party of Crossbills calling over Fairlight, a Hobby [by no means regular here] over Firehills, and Peregrine and Raven over Ecclesbourne Meadow .Unfortunately no sign of any Dartford Warblers, but not ideal weather.
Along Brakey Bank I saw a couple of the attractive longhorn moth Nemophora degeerella, which I had added to our Fairlight garden moth list the previous day.
I then spent a rather damp hour in the Old Town, trying to upgrade the breeding status of some of the species recorded for the Breeding Bird Atlas project, which is drawing to a close. This is not easy, and a number of species still require positive proof of breeding [eg adults carrying food, nest with young and so on]. I wonder if anybody who lives in or visits the tetrad TQ80J can help with any of the following species: Swift, Collared Dove[not recorded at all], Dunnock, Robin, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail [not recorded] Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet , Bullfinch and House Sparrow.
If you can, please add a comment giving type of evidence, date and name of locality. Thanks !