Archive for September 14th, 2007

14th September 2007, Friday

Common Earthworm

I have never had to id a worm before, but I think the pair below could be Lumbricus terristris. Although earthworms are hermaphrodites they cannot self-fertilise, so must find a partner. This species comes to the surface to mate and the process can take one hour, the chances of being predated must be high.
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14th September 2007, Friday

Sea Potato

Some of the animals washed up on the shore are very fragile and so rarely survive to be collected. One such is the Sea Potato, a small relative of Sea Urchin and Starfish – the Echinoderms. This complete shell with intricate patterns of holes and ridges was found recently – it measures 48mm. long and is quite rounded. In life it is deep yellow, covered with a fur of fine spines and lives beneath the sand below mean low water.
Sea Potato

14th September 2007, Friday

101 – Happy Families

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With lovely weather and lots of birds about on Tuesday, I thought that a circular walk from Pett to Rye via Winchelsea and back through Castle Water and along the seawall should easily produce a bird daylist of more than a hundred species. In the event, it was a bit harder than I envisaged, because of the lack of overhead migrants.

The Happy Families score was good with crows: 6 (including Raven), and with easier tits (4) and Wagtails (3) but tougher with thrushes (usually easy, but no Song Thrushes anywhere) and warblers (no Sedge! no Garden). Dabbling ducks were pretty happy, with only Garganey & Pintail missing, and waders very cheerful indeed with 19 species (all at Pett, where my best-ever score was 20).

The trick is to get not rarities but common and fugitive things like Bullfinch & Goldcrest.
Well, yes, it’s a bit sad, but it keeps me focused. By the time I got down to the Pools, at 99, there was no sign at all of Curlew Sand, but Bearded Tits pinging in the reeds scraped through the hundred barrier. When I got home, however, I found I’d missed Canada Goose off the list.

So it was 101.
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