Friday, 1 April 2011

Mites and Might Have Beens

The 2 little gull were still dipping about over Ibsley Water as I opened up this morning. The 150 or so sand martin did not seem to have any other hirundines with them and I could find nothing at all unexpected. Both the lapwing nearest to the hide are now sitting and the nearest pair of little ringed plover were seen mating today, so they may start nesting soon.

The moth trap was surprisingly quiet considering the mild night, but there was rather more wind than recently. One new species for the year was in there though, a lunar marbled brown.
There was also a carrion beetle, they are notable for two things, one they are very smelly and the other is that they almost always carry a lot of mites as passengers, this one was no exception.

After two days with loads of brambling there fewer today, although the redpoll and siskin still seem to be about. There were still sufficient finches to please a visiting RSPB group from Brighton, stopping off on their way to stay at Portland.

It was a day of what might have been, the coffee machine nearly got installed, well it might have got installed but it still does not have any coffee in it. The seasonal path, which should have opened today is all ready to go, but hasn't, although I am assured it is only a matter of a few days to get "Ts" and "Is" respectively crossed and dotted.

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