Archive for August 20th, 2008

20th August 2008, Wednesday

RSPB Dungeness

Two white stork were spotted flying over Lydd this afternoon, they didn’t make it down to the reserve though. Sightings on the reserve today include black tern, greenshank, little ringed plover and wood sandpiper.

20th August 2008, Wednesday

Dungeness Bumblebees – who was up and who was down in 2008?

During my absence on holiday Pete Akers completed the third of the timed bumblebee walks across the RSPB Reserve last week, and the headline points are as follows:

  • Numbers of bumblebee recorded on the three sets of timed walks were the highest since management of the reserve was changed to favour these insects (344 bees, compared to 178 in 2002)
  • With the exception of last summer numbers of bumblebees have increased to a new record total each year since 2002, indicating that the meadows continue to become more favourable for these insects.
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20th August 2008, Wednesday

Stoat spotting

stoat

With naive youngsters around this is a good time of year to watch Stoats. This morning one was chasing Rabbits in front of the Crittall Hide at Ternery Pool, but photographing it was impossible because it was moving so fast and never stopped… until I tried “squeaking” it. By sucking in air across the back of my hand I caught its attention and it came closer and closer allowing a couple of photos before realising I was there! On the left of the photo you can see the black tip of the tail that distinguishes it from the smaller Weasel.