Sunday, 3 April 2016

Little Ringed Plover, Adders & Treecreeper

Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius
On Friday 1st April I started my first butterfly transect of the year at Mill Hill. In the dull weather, I only saw one Peacock. I was pleased to see my first two adders of the year, black ones. Afterwards I visited Pulborough Brooks and was rewarded with a sighting of the Little Ringed Plover in front of the West Meade hide. A bonus was a distant sight of the Marsh Harrier quartering the field by the big barn. A Treecreeper was provisioning its nest inside vines on a tree.
Mill Hill:
1st Adder, Vipera berus
2nd adder

possibly a Blue Mason Bee, Osmia caerulescens
Mill Hill - northern slope has been cleared of brush

Peacock, Inachis io
Peacock take-off
Red-tailed Bumblebee queen, Bombus lapidarius
Tapered Drone Fly, Eristalis pertinax
Tapered Drone Fly
Pulborough Brooks:
bumble bee
Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus attacking Oystercatchers, Haematopus ostralegus.
it was successfully seeing them off its island
they took the hint and flew off
Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius

Little Ringed Plover and Pied Wagtail
Little Ringed Plover and Pied Wagtail
Marsh Harrier, Circus aeruginosus
Marsh Harrier
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba
Pied Wagtail preening

Redshank, Tringa totanus

Shoveler ♀, Anas clypeata
Shoveler ♂

Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris
The tree creeper kept flying to nearby brambles and returning with material for its nest, including spider egg sacs.

Treecreeper with spider egg sac
Treecreeper with another spider egg sac

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