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Sunday, 19 September 2010

A Hobby, Wasp Spiders & Martins


Taking a trip up to Sheringham so Jenny could witness the impressive 1940's weekend, where many people are dressed in 1940's costume (the event is centered around the historic steam railway station and Sheringham High street) you'd think would limit my wildlife watching. Not a bit of it! as I saw an excellent Hobby on the drive up hawking over Rollesby Broad. 
Ignoring the very tempting temptation to nip across to Cley NWT reserve, we came back via Horsey NT car park and I soon found 2 female Wasp Spiders very easily in the "meadow" and photographed them. These colourful spiders with yellow, black and white banded abdomens, are around 2 inches long (the larger females); have spread across from southern Europe and can be difficult to find (see yesterdays entry at Hen reedbeds reserve), unless you know exactly where they are. It also helps if other people have searched the area before you as was the case here at Horsey) and the disturbed grass is an easy pointer to where the Spiders were.
This evening up to 4 House martins were still flying over the house, so they've not gone yet, finally a Stock Dove flew south low over the garden.

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