"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Spring is here!

Only a few days late but here's what we (Andy & I) got up to Monday...

By mid-morning it really felt spring-like with White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Holme Village.  Along Chalk Pit Lane the small Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus was pretty numerous and on the ridge (Green Bank) a patch of Field Pansy was in flower.  In the village a Silver Birch in one of the gardens hosted the Bracket fungus - Birch Polypore - possibly the 2nd record for the patch ever? 

In the afternoon we headed off to Thornham Harbour but before doing so we made a quick stop at the Holmehurst track to try and relocate a slug we found yesterday under some wood.  As luck would have it, we found what we wanted and confirmed its identity as Arion distinctus.  In the Harbour a single Spotted Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit was present.

A session dipping in Redwell produced the exact same as last time a part from the croaking from some Frogs! 

Mirid Bug sp., Lithobius sp. (centipede).
Common Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus)
Arion hortensis
White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis)
Plus several other Millipedes and Woodlice
3 Mediterranean Gulls over

Episyrphus balteatus - Chalk Pit Lane, Holme-next-the Sea.

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