Archive for March 19th, 2011

19th March 2011, Saturday

Peasmarsh Ladybirds

Eyed Ladybird
A walk today around Peasmarsh revealed considerable numbers of 7-spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempunctata) I counted well over 50 and a couple of Pine Ladybirds (Exochomus quadripustulatus) but the best for me was an Eyed Ladybird (Anatis ocellata). I have found one larva of the eyed ladybird before but this was my first adult. There were a few Comma butterflies about as well.

19th March 2011, Saturday

Winter v Spring

Scaup and Tufted Duck drakes
Scaup and Tufted drakes
With Spring officially starting tomorrow there was a mix of birds this morning at Rye Harbour. 3 Scaup (2 males), 5+ Goldeneye (1 male) and a redhead Smew at Long Pit with 3 Swallow and 9 Sand Martin. At Ternery Pool yesterday’s Spoonbill was still around and 130+ Sandwich Tern were among the many noisy small gulls. Many Avocet, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Redshank were displaying, while Knot, Curlew, Dunlin, Grey and Golden Plover numbers are slowly waning. Later at Castle Water a Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and White Wagtail.