17/18.3.15.

Two days covered on this post.

Firstly the highlight of both days… I would like to thank Ken Ball for this photo of an Early Flat-body moth. I wish I had been on afternoons, so I could have seen this quite rare moth on the morning.

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Its looking more like we may have a problem with Heather Beetles. Below are the photos of the Beetles, and what I suspect is damaged Heather. Reading about the damage it mentions the Heather turning red, and also stripped looking plants..

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I got my first photos in the new Heathland Corridor. The tyre tracks from the workforce vehicles, provided a nice shallow bath for this female  Blackbird…

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While looking through the Heather for the Heather beetles, I came across this Unidentified spider…

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This I really enjoyed, watching this Great Tit Anting. This is done by rubbing ants on their feathers and skin. As in this case this Great Tits is picking ants up and rubbing them all over. The ants secrete a chemical such as formic acid. which acts as an Insecticide, Miticide, Fungicide and a Bactericide. It also acts as a supplement to the birds own Preen Oil. I have seen Jays do this, but they just sit in an ants nest, and let the ants spray the formic acid on them. This episode with the Great Tit must have lasted 5 minutes. If you want to see what I witnessed look up Great Tit Anting on Youtube…

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Unidentified Fly…

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And finally, on what was two quiet afternoons, this Juvenile Buzzard. This was sitting opposite the Wardens office in Mere Lane. Love the branch its sitting on…

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