Sunday, 11 March 2012
Native Spring at Beddington Farmlands
Red Admiral on Prunus flowers
An increase in Tufted Duck numbers
Common Quaker (One of the commoner moths around at the moment. Also March Moth, Small Quaker, Twin-spot Quaker, Pale Mottled Willow, Clouded Drab, Double-striped Pug and Hebrew Character
Goat Willow in flower. An increase in bees as the trees start to flower. Mainly Salix and Prunus at the moment but Hawthorn and Elder coming into leaf.
Speedwell sp probably Slender (cheers Steve) - a few early flowering plants providing food for the first emerging insects
Native birders waiting for Spring migrants
Still no spring migrants but plenty of spring activity amongst the native wildlife. On the bird front today 1 2nd winter Iceland Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Curlew, 3 Water Pipit, 5 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper and loads of singing resident passerines.