Archive for October 13th, 2009

13th October 2009, Tuesday

Dungeness Birds

An excellent days birding with plenty of interest. The highlight was a first-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher trapped at first light but it was not seen again after its release. Most of the remaining interest was provided by birds flying overhead with a party of three Cranes heading out to sea, a Buzzard, two Woodlarks, 11 Grey Wagtails, eight Rock Pipits, two Ravens and two Lapland Buntings. Good numbers of grounded migrants also included two Ring Ouzels, 115 Blackbirds, 95 Song Thrushes, 80 Redwings, three Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, 20 Bramblings, 47 Siskins and 32 Redpolls. The Cattle Egret was showing well at Dengemarsh in the sheep field to the south of Springfield Bridge and two Glossy Ibis were seen at ARC.

from David Walker, DBO website

13th October 2009, Tuesday

Hastings Country Park NR

I spent an hour up around the quarry and coastguards. Quite different from Sunday in that there was bright sunshine and the interesting movement was westerly, with Song Thrushes and Redwings heading off towards the Ridge. (I now see that this was nothing compared with the huge numbers arriving in Kent today.)
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13th October 2009, Tuesday

What a great summer

Looking through the results of a number of timed bumblebee walks this summer it is interesting to compare different sites.  The most productive in terms of numbers of bumblebees were the walks on fields sown with agricultural red clovers.  These monocultures produced very high counts of bumblebees, with an average of three bumblebees encountered per minute in the best fields.  This compared with only 0.8 bumblebees per minute on the best natural grasslands, at the Dungeness RSPB reserve.

Although these fields might be expected to favour the long-tongued bumblebees it was notable that the most common bee in these fields was the short-tongued buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris.  They did seem to be very good for the bees that burrow underground to nest, including the long-tongued garden bumblebee Bombus hortorum

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13th October 2009, Tuesday

The Delicate

A new moth for my garden here in Rye today, the Delicate – resident in the Channel Islands and an irregular breeder in southern England, otherwise a migrant, mainly coastal and in the south-west. An excellent catch included also Brindled Green, Red-line Quaker, Brick, Chestnut, MallowSatellite and L-album Wainscot.