The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

WHITLINGHAM: False Ladybird beetle

28th October 2016

In the morning I called in at Whitlingham for a quick walk round. At least three Shoveler had joined the Gadwall at the western end of the Little Broad, and I got prolonged views of a Treecreeper working its way up a large Horse Chestnut. There was a lot of boating taking place on the Great Broad, so there wasn't much in the way of wildfowl there, although 150+ Coot were spread out at the eastern end.


The highlight of the trip was finding three False Ladybird beetles, a species that eats fungi. Amongst an old woodchip pile I found some stalked cup fungi, probably one of the similar Cudoniella species. Also of interest was a leaf mine in Alder caused by the fly Agromyza alnivora, which has a distinctive double row of frass down the mine.




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