The Sound Approach to beeing
Let me introduce you to Bombus sylvarum, the Shrill Carder Bee.
It's quite a rare bee in the UK; indeed, it was a tick on my bee list. They're lovely little things. As their name suggests, they're rather shrill.
However, before we look at that further, let me introduce you to another bee that was new for my bee list.
Bombus humilis, the Brown-banded Carder Bee.
Brown-banded Carder Bees sound like... well, bees. Have a listen:
Shrill Carder Bees, in contrast, sound... shrill. Who'dathoughtit.
The shrill buzzing noise actually proved a really useful way to pick individuals up as they whizzed from bush to bush.
Earlier in the day, in case you're not fed up of bumblebees yet, we saw at least several of these; or should I say we managed to ID several of these:
Bombus soroeensis, Broken-belted Bumblebee
In total, we managed to see ten species of bumblebee.
It was generally quiet for birds. Two Little Stints were on ARC pit along with two Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and a decent flock of Golden Plover. A Reed Warbler and a couple of Common Whitethroats were in the trapping area at the obs.