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.

Coccinellidae-exochomus

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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