Archive for March 25th, 2012

25th March 2012, Sunday

RSPB Dungeness sightings

The first little ringed plover of the season was spotted at the eastern end of the ARC pit yesterday morning. The long-tailed duck was on Burrowes pit and a drake garganey was on the Denge Marsh flood – visible from the gate on the bridle track to the left of Denge Marsh hide. A bittern was seen but not heard at Hooker’s pits and a firecrest was in the bushes across the track from Christmas Dell hide.

25th March 2012, Sunday

Hairy-footed flower bee

The hairy-footed flower bee Anthophora plumipes has been active in Northiam this week.  The males (see here) could be mistaken for common carder bees Bombus pascuorum, although they are smaller than the queens you would expect to see in the spring, and I have not seen any of the latter species flying yet this year.  The sexes of this species show different colour patterns, with the females being all black in colour, with yellowish hairs on the back legs.  They have a more rapid flight than a bumblebee darting in an out of stands of flowering plants.  More information is available on this bee here.