Sunday, April 26, 2015

More bees...

Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum
White-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum 
Out down at Warkworth this morning. It was clear and sunny but a white frost coated the grass first thing, and a cold  northerly breeze put the dampers on things.

Before I discuss the birding, we were checking out the bumblebees on a patch of Yellow Archangel and White Dead Nettle. At first glance the two above look pretty much the same, but the Garden Bumbler has three yellow bands while the White tailed has two. That is very simplistic, and to be honest bumblebee id is not that straightforward. I am sure the top id is correct but the bottom one? Mmm...If you know any different please leave a comment...

So what was on offer bird-wise? Straight out of the car added Common Whitethroat to Johns year list with two singing males. Nearby a Grasshopper Warbler reeled for a moment but thoughts of a photo were dashed when it didnt sing again and we couldnt find it. Next, in similar fashion, a Reed Warbler croaked off a few notes but remained concealed. Blackcaps were everywhere and there had been a certain increase in Willow Warblers over the week.

Down on the estuary, 89 Dunlin were coming into breeding plumage, 19 Knot, 11 Ringed Plover and 2 Little Egrets were of note.

The only thing back home were 2 Whimbrel south as I left the house, first thing.

113. Whimbrel 


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