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Beach Reserve

A Stone-curlew flushed while checking the goats provided the avian highlight this morning, the bird was last seen in flight behind Ternery Pool and although it landed could not be found, six Little Terns over shore ridges and 40+ House Martins were also of note.


Bee hunting in the snow!

I had a surreal couple of hours with my volunteer Daniel Banks near the viewpoint yesterday afternoon and I think it was the first time ever that I have been out in the field with a butterfly net in my hands in the snow! All we could do was laugh! When the flurries cleared and the sun came out however it was warm enough to attract out the insects, including yet another female Early colletes, Clark's mining bee, sandpit mining bee and this smart fellow, a male red mason bee (Osmia bicornis). At first the paleness of the thorax confused me, but then I realised that it was covered in tiny mites which are hitching a ride and from what I can glean from the interweb, I think these may be a critter called Chaetodactylus osmiae. These mites can be a bit of a problem, as they can make flight difficult if there are too many, devour food stores left by the female bee if they get in a nest and even suck blood from the host leading to death! I know I'm a scientist but YUK!  



Castle Water

Highlights this morning, Hobby, Peregrine, Common Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier, 70+ Swallow, 15 Sand Martin, booming Bittern, 18 Shelduck and a drake Garganey. 


Beach Reserve

Highlights over the past two days, 39 Whimbrel, 31 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 150 Common Tern, 4 Little Tern, 400+ Sandwich Tern, Merlin, 20+ Swallow and 20+ House Martin.


Pannel valley pools

On a Rye U3A walk yesterday morning at the main pool in the Pannel valley, there was a Short-eared Owl and an immature Little Gull.