Archive for August 14th, 2010

14th August 2010, Saturday

Rye Harbour Birds

The weather was so much better than the gloomy forecast… Still plenty of terns around – about 150 Sandwich Tern, 250 Common Tern(including several late broods at Ternery Pool) and just 1 Little Tern, but also 2 juvenile Black Tern at Long Pit. Waders also pretty good, mainly at Quarry and on shore, 5 Avocet, 60 Oystercatcher, 30 Curlew, 2 Grey Plover in summer plumage, 30 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 4 Knot, 3 Greenshank , 5 Redshank and several Green and Common Sandpipers. Many Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear along shore ridges and a single Whinchat.

14th August 2010, Saturday

Sea Orange

Sea Orange
I think this is a sponge called the Sea OrangeSuberites ficus. The texture and colour gives its common name. There were quite a few on the beach this morning, it was an extremely long tide, but the only ones that were orange shaped had lost their outer layer. Read the rest of this entry »

14th August 2010, Saturday

Bombus ruderatus confirmation

My black male large garden bumblebee Bombus ruderatus from Dungeness has been sent to Paul Williams at the Natural History Museum who has confirmed that it matches the description of the species.  It’s travels are not over though as it is going to be sent to China with other specimens as part of a project to analyse the DNA of this whole group of rather confusing bees.

Here is a photo of the face of this insect.  Note the long face (a feature shared in common with the related small garden bumblebee Bombus hortorum) and the ginger hairs on the lower mandible – said to be a characteristic of the males of this species.  They are black in hortorum, which also does not appear to come in all-black forms.

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