22.3.15.

Mixed day weather wise. Early morning grey and cool. By dinner time it was sunny and warm.

Bird Count:- 2- Robin, 3- Carrion Crow, 2- Pheasant, 2- Blue Tit, 3- Great Tit, 4- Chaffinch, 1- Marsh Tit, 2- Blackbird, 4- Jackdaw, 10+ Wood Pigeon, 1- Curlew (heard but not seen), 2- Buzzard, 1- Raven, 1- Goldcrest, 1- Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1- Green Woodpecker, 3- Magpie, 1- Dunnock, 2- Long-tailed Tits, 1- Wren, 1- Treecreeper, 1- Kestrel, 2- Jay.

Other Wildlife:- 1- March Tubic (moth), Bristly Haircap, 1- Flat Backed Millipede, 1- Red Dead-Nettle, 1- Possible Buff-tailed Bumblebee, 1- Possible Tawny Mining Bee, 1- Unidentified Gall/Seed, Plus loads of Honeysuckle.

Found quite a lot of Wildlife today. But most of it only came out towards dinner time, when the sun broke through. I spent 6 hours there today. I decided to go over early, and see if I could see any Rabbits out and about. No Luck there. The only thing I did see as it got lighter was this Great Spotted Woodpecker. Just thought it looked good in silhouette…

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At the moment, this next moth is the reason i’m finding identifying moths a real challenge. I can’t believe this is the same moth I took on the tree by the pool thursday. Its another March Tubic. The light and height of this moth by the Wardens Office, made this quite a tricky photo to get.

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This is now my third species of Haircap. This one being in flower gets the prize for the most attractive one so far. This one is called the Bristly Haircap…

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I was asked if I could Identify this Ant on the Heath. The answer is…as yet NO! But I will update, it is now on iSpot…

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This is a first for me… I have never seen a Flat-backed Millipede before. Can’t understand how it was on top of this sticky sap type liquid, on the trunk of a cut down tree. But for me, I was glad it was. I really think this looks like a creature thats been round for thousands of years. Also very impressive looking…

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This is the first Red Dead-Nettle I’ve seen this year…

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Four bird photos now, none of them that good. But thats life….Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tit, and two Buzzard photos..

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Still mystified by this next item of wildlife. Not sure if its a Gall or some sought of Seed. Whatever it is I will update when I find out. It was about 25mm diameter, really hard to the touch, and fixed well to the cut down log. Yet again I loved the beauty of it, whatever it turns out to be….

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Now bare in mind, I’m one of the guys who is supposed to do the Bee Survey this year on HC. With the next two species of Bee, I’ve come to realise, I’m going to need some help! Luckily there are plenty of people out there who will help me. But also I’m now looking for a really good Bee Identification Book.

So here goes with my hopefully correct identifications. On the plus side…I was so happy to get the chance to get photos of both….

I would say this next one is a Buff-tailed Bumblebee…

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Loved this next experience..This guy just sat there and posed for me. I’m going for a male Tawny Mining Bee. But I guess I will be corrected if I’m wrong on both. I really don’t mind being corrected. Its the only way to learn..

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It looks like its going to be a great year for Honeysuckle…

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