Archive for March 18th, 2010

18th March 2010, Thursday

Pine Ladybird

Spring has finally struck my small garden in Peasmarsh. Today there were three species of bumblebee and 4 honey bees feeding on the heather. Whilst trying unsuccessfully to get a picture of them I came across a pine ladybird. It was probably coming out from hibernation in one of the shrubs.


18th March 2010, Thursday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

Yesterday saw the arrival of our first wheatear of the year (in the Denge Marsh gully). A male black redstart was also seen there and a female was in the car park this morning. Single sand martins were seen over Burrowes pit and the ARC pit yesterday, a garganey was on Denge Marsh and an avocet was on New Excavations. Water pipit and rock pipit were also seen at Denge Marsh and a grey wagtail flew over. Also of note were three Slavonian and three black-necked grebes, a merlin and a barn owl.

18th March 2010, Thursday

Brent Geese – Hastings

There was a decent movement of brent geese early morning past Hastings & St. Leonards with 750 moving east between 6am and 8.30am. Also a marsh harrier, 2 red-breasted merganser, 2 wigeon and 2 teal were seen flying east.

18th March 2010, Thursday

Sleepers awake

The warmer weather is making a few hours in the garden more interesting with the appearance of adult insects which have successfully hibernated through the winter. Yesterday around mid day 3 Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), Red Admiral, Small Tortoishell and the hoverfly Eristalis tenax (Drone fly) which is a superb bee mimic were all found.

Eristalis tenax (Drone Fly)

18th March 2010, Thursday

Beach Reserve

A fine calm early morning on the Beach Reserve highlights included 3 Sand Martin in flight over the low water sand, 18 Sandwich Tern roosting along the shore, small groups of Brent Geese totaling 118 were heading east offshore, a flock of around 180 Knot also headed east after landing for a while on the shore. On Flat Beach 87 Golden Plover were roosting and 10 Avocet, a Green Sandpiper and a Wheatear were present on Harbour Farm. At Watch Cottage there were 2 Firecrests .

Knot on the shore

18th March 2010, Thursday

Guestling Wood

45 species aroud this Woodland Trust reserve today, including all 3 woodpeckers, Buzzard, Woodcock, Skylark, Marsh Tit & Firecrest.
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