Archive for August 23rd, 2008

23rd August 2008, Saturday

The Heath Bumblebee

One of our more local bumblebees can currently be seen on the wing at the moment. The heath bumblebee Bombus jonellus is a small species that at first sight looks like the garden bumblebee Bombus hortorum, with yellow stripes at either end of the thorax and a white tail.

 Bombus jonellus

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23rd August 2008, Saturday

RSPB Dungeness

Sightings on the reserve include a buzzard spotted early this morning, wood sandpiper, curlew, kingfisher and sand martins.

23rd August 2008, Saturday

Leucistic Pintail

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For a few days there has been a group of four Pintail at Ternery Pool, but one of them is distinctly paler, but not white. This is leucism – click for more detail. As an identifiable individual it would be interesting to know if it has been, or if it is, seen at other sites – please contact me here.

23rd August 2008, Saturday

Viewpoint and Beach reserve

A chilly but fine morning and the effort to leave my warm bed at dawn was rewarded with an amazing 91 Little Egret leaving the roost, the first group of 28 leaving at 5.20 and the last solitary bird at 5.45. Other highlights from the viewpoint included a Peregrine, Kingfisher, 18 Common Tern, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. On the Beach Reserve 4 Black Tern were feeding at the River mouth, at least 60 Yellow Wagtail were along Shore Ridges and Flat Beach Quarry attracted a Greenshank, 5 Knot and 20 Redshank.

Later at Castle Water a Curlew and Wood Sandpiper were on the new excavations.