Archive for July 26th, 2009

26th July 2009, Sunday

Pett Pools

Sunday 26th July 09, At the pools the tide makes a big difference to what you might see, so it was a bit of a let down first thing, when l realized that the tide was on the way out, and not coming in. It was nice seeing some waders for a change, I went down the Pools a couple of times in the past week, and there was hardly anything to see at all. There was 28 Dunlin,4 Avocet,5 Commom Sands, 1Green Sand, 1Snipe, 120 Curlew to rear of the pool, with 2 Whimbrel, 4 L.R.Plover, 2 Ring Plover, 1 Golden Plover (part summer plumage), Lapwings, Oystercatchers, and a single Turnstone on the beach, this was the first I’ve seen for a while, at least a month or so. Good bird watching Pete. Read the rest of this entry »

26th July 2009, Sunday

Death and Sex

Wasp Spiders are increasingly in evidence at the moment, and this morning I actually turned up a male in the moth trap! Males are much smaller than females in this species, though this because of gigantism in the female rather than the small size of the male. A piece of behaviour I have seen for the first time this year involves adult males hanging aroung on the webs of immature females, waiting for them to moult into an adult. Male Wasp Spiders are often eaten during courtship, and mating with a recently moulted female reduces the risk, as while the cuticle is soft, the jaws don’t work very well!

Adult Male Wasp Spider
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