Naturelog: Wednesday 20th August (2)

Posted: August 22, 2014 in Birds, Butterflies and Moths, Dragonflies, Natural History
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When I returned from Bookham Common on Wednesday, I decided to do the weekly survey of my local patch. It is still quite a depressing scene around the Tarn as although the water pump at the Western end is managing to break up the bloom and aerate the water.

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At the eastern end though there is no change with a heavy bloom laying on the water

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There are only a few water birds present. In fact one coot and one Moorhen.

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Imagine my suprise therefore when amongst the bloom at the eastern I end I found a Little Grebe, the first sighting since an individual during April and May last year.

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Also had a distant view of a Red Fox by the Tarn. He saw me from a way off and moved smartly towards the undergrowth. He paused for a moment, giving me a good look trying to decide if I was a threat and was then off into the trees and vegetation.

This is the first survey since the beginning of the summer which recorded no Dragonflies or Butterflies and this is I guess a sign of the changing seasons as we go from summer into autumn. However as I returned home I noticed two bumblebees on the Lavender. I was suprised to find they were two male Red-tailed Bees, a species I have not recorded on the patch previously.

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Male Red-tailed Bumblebee
Photo by Yersinia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yersinia/)

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