Friday, 20 March 2015

Red Kite

 Red Kite. Adult bird with characteristic restricted median covert patch on upperwing, streaking on breast, deep rufous underwing lesser coverts and more rakish structure than a younger bird
 Andrena flavipes? Spring Bee Identification
A bit of gull variation- (left to right) second and third winter fairly typical Herring Gulls, first-winter 'Northern' Herring Gull, larger dark bird still with retained juvenile scapulars (late moult indicates late breeding period i.e. up north somewhere), two adult Black-headed Gulls, first-winter Herring Gull (hiding), first-winter Herring Gull- a pale variant- compare the extreme contrast with the 'Northern Herring Gull' of the same age, another first-winter Herring Gull (just the head) and a first-winter Lesser Black Backed Gull on far right (not in the fascist sense).

The solar eclipse didn't amount to much due to cloud cover but the sun came out in the afternoon and so did a few insects- a few bumblebees, a solitary bee (Adrena flavipes) by the obs front door and a Red Admiral. A bit moving on the bird front- 35+ Chaffinch, 1 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, Wheatear on the mound and a few Mipits.  

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