Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Wembury 18th March 2012

Mothers Day, sunny and warm and a day off work so we headed out to Wembury for a walk. It was a Sunday and the cafe was open but we passed on having a pasty. It wasn't too busy but by the time we left it was starting to get busier.

Best bird was a smart male wheatear feeding in the old HMS Cambridge field, showing well in the bright sunshine and the first real summer migrant of the year. Other birds seen were 3 male and a female mallard, all that is left of the this years large wintering flock, but the 2 farmyard mallards were no where to be seen. A cirl bunting was heard singing but not seen and later a male was seen perched on a bush in HMS Cambridge. A chiffchaff was briefly heard singing and 2 Canada geese and a shelduck were feeding on the ploughed and harrowed wheatfield.

4 oil beetles were seen along the footpath, unfortunately 1 was very dead having been squashed by walkers and 1 was seen digging in the loose soil.

Oil Beetle

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