Archive for March 28th, 2011

28th March 2011, Monday

A discreet way to sun-bathe

The past few warm days have seen reptiles emerging in our Northiam garden.  Three slow-worms were basking today.

Slow-worm

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28th March 2011, Monday

Shingle Spiders

I’ve spent a bit of time this year turning over stones and sieving the roots of grasses in the search for a suite of rare money spiders which could occur on the shingle at Rye Harbour. No luck so far, but I have come across an interesting selection of other, larger spiders. This has included Phrurolithus festivus (The Pretty Ant Spider – great name!), Neon pictus and today several other jumping spiders, incuding Heliophanus flavipes, Euophrys frontalis, and best of all, Sitticus inexpectus, another species which, while not common nationally, is fairly regular at Rye Harbour.
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Sitticus inexpectus

28th March 2011, Monday

Hoverflies

Several Eristalis intricarius (furry bee mimics) and two Eristalis tenax provided additional interest today amongst the many insects feeding on the willow flowers at Castle Water.

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28th March 2011, Monday

Viewpoint

Warblers in song at the veiwpoint this morning included Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Cetti’s. Bittern, Bearded Tit and Water Rail were also present.