Saturday, 24 March 2012

Melecta Albifrons

Many thanks to Roger Haggar for enlightening me on the id of yesterdays Bee's. Roger tells me they are a Melecta Albifrons a species of Cuckoo Bee that use the nests of the Flower Bee ( Anthophora Plumipes).
Today from sea watching hide  07.30-11.30:
Red-throated Diver: 1w                                      Shoveller: 30E
Gannet:  47E                                                       Tufted Duck: 3 in off
Greylag Goose: 4w                                             Common Scoter: 15E
Brent Geese: 868E                                              Red-breasted Merganser: 11E
Shelduck: 5E                                                      Oystercatcher: 6E
Wigeon: 12E                                                       Bar-tailed Godwit: 1E
Teal: 38E                                                             Curlew:: 6E
Mallard: 20E                                                        Mediterranean Gull: 5E
Pintail: 6E                                                            Kittiwake: 4E
1 Skylark and a few Meadow Pipits and Linnets in off.
Round the lighthouse 2 Chiffchaffs and a Black Redstart. Also 3 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Peacock butterfly's. Not much else probably in part due to the sheer number of birdwatchers around (two huge parties) the area. 
Newly arrived showing the black Olive Tree  pollen

At south end of the ARC Pit 1 Curlew, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Little Egret and 2 Goldeneye.
A stroll from the ARC car park to the pines produced 13 Tree Sparrows, 100+ Golden Plover over, 2+ Marsh Harriers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Cetti's Warblers.

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