Recent notes


Andrena praecox Female. Hastings 25th April 2018


A pair of Wheatears again recently on the fields and this morning a flighty male in quite a cold brisk wind from points SW and W. I was pleased to record no fewer than eight Willow warblers today, all of them foraging for insects in the lee of a flowering Blackthorn hedge and birds even dropping into the grass below for windblown insects.

No Swallows seen today but up to five arriving recently.

A quite small mining bee photographed today at Warren Glen as it was resting and grooming on a leaf appears to be an example of Andrena praecox, the Small Sallow Mining Bee. This is interesting also as it is associated with Grey and Goat Willow catkins and their season is much later this spring than last year, when catkins and many associated insects were out in March.

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