Archive for March 23rd, 2012

23rd March 2012, Friday

Tephritis Species

Tephritis
Another interesting find this week was this small fly, a ‘Tephritis’ species sunning itself on my back wall. I thought it maybe is a T. leontidis although more others have helpfully suggested it could also be T. conura or T. ruralis. All these are scarce so I will pursue enquires to see if it can be identified from a photo.

23rd March 2012, Friday

Let’s count the Mediterranean gulls

The grand total of 547 Mediterranean gulls were counted in the Rye Bay area (all in Sussex) at 9am this morning – the great majority were full adults. They spread out over a wide area to feed so the actual total would be even higher…
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23rd March 2012, Friday

Black Redstart

My avian highlight today was without doubt an obliging male Black Redstart along the footpath which leads from the Parkes Hide to the caravan site. The bird showed well feeding on the short grassy areas and perched on fence posts as it worked its way along the fence line. A check of the willows in flower at the viewpoint provided additional interest with Dotted Bee-fly joining the growing ranks of Common Bee-fly, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. The hoverfly Cheilosia grossa (pictured below) was out in good numbers and provided some great photo opportunities.

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23rd March 2012, Friday

RSPB Dungeness

A chiffchaff is singing from the bushes outside my office and a long-tailed duck is bobbing about infront of the Visitor Centre – March can be a very odd month. Highlights over the past few days have included hen harrier and buzzard flying over on Wednesday and a merlin on Thurday. Waders spotted this week include avocet, ringed plover, dunlin, snipe, knot and bar-tailed godwit. A firecrest was near Scott hide on Tuesday and bittern sightings continued at the ARC site and Hooker’s pits.