A couple of these stunning black & white bees were spotted in our wildlife garden this week. Any help identifying them would be appreciated.
Cuckoo bee by David Lee
Essex Wildlife Photography Competition being hosted by the RSPB and Canvey Town Council in now open
There are three age categories:
under 12 years old12 – 18 years oldover 18 years old
and there are some great prizes to be won!
Entry is free and the deadline for entries is 18 May 2014. The competition will be judged at Canvey Wildlife Day by Mike Dilger on Saturday 31 May 2014
You can download the entry form and terms and conditions here or to find out more please contact:
RSPB South Essex - 01268 firstname.lastname@example.org
The importance of bird-ringing, we have known for a long time that many of our black-tailed godwits in the Greater Thames Estuary originate from Iceland. One such bird was seen in the creek, here at Wat Tyler on March 1st this year. The bird was rung 'RW-GO' and from that ring the following information was found:
RW-GO was ringed as a breeding female in N Iceland.
RW-GO 20.06.11 Langhús, Fljót, Skagafirði, N Iceland
RW-GO 03.08.11 Thames Estuary, Kent, SE England
RW-GO 07.12.11 Vange Marsh, Essex, E England
RW-GO 26.12.11 Pitsea, Vange Creek , Essex, E England
RW-GO 15.01.12 Marshside RSPB Reserve, Southport, Merseyside, Lancashire, NW England
RW-GO 12.02.12 Pitsea, Vange Creek , Essex, E England
RW-GO 01.03.12 Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, Vange Creek , Essex, E England
You can see the bird has been pretty much faithful to The Thames Estuary outside of the breeding season, although it did make a brief trip to Lancashire mid January but soon returned. The godwits have been arriving back in Iceland over the last few days, with the first sighting back in Iceland on March 29.
If you are lucky enough to be able to read a ring, you can find more information here
And here is a black-tailed godwit, not the black-tailed godwit and I'm not sure if it's female, it was taken by Chris Gomersall