Updated: Jun 28, 2021
Another mild month gave our supporters some good bird-watching opportunities. As expected, most of the reported sightings made in December were of bird species.
Perhaps the surprising submission of the month was a photo of a Buff-tailed bumblebee.
Bumblebees remind us of the spring and summer months, when insects make the most of nectar-filled flowers, however this particular species of bumblebee is often just as active in the winter. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust recommends planting Mahonia, Viburnum x bodnantense, and winter honeysuckle in your garden, to provide a food source over the winter.
Read December’s results, below.
Blackbird, Turdus merula: 7
Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris: 1
Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis: 1
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor: 2
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba: 1
Robin, Erithacus rubecula: 2
Rook, Corvus frugilegus: 3
Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos: 1
Starling, Sturnus vulgaris: 162
Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus: 3
Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes: 1
December’s photo submissions:
Keep sending in your submissions, and if you haven’t taken part already, please share your sightings with us – every record received helps us build a more accurate picture of the Manhood Peninsula*.
How can I get involved with this survey?
Sending us a record of your wildlife sightings is simple, just make a note of the date and location of the sighting, and use these notes to fill out a wildlife recording sheet. To download a wildlife recording sheet and see full details on how to submit records and photos, visit our Find Wildlife From Home survey page.
*This survey is specifically receiving submissions of wildlife sightings seen on the Manhood Peninsula, below Chichester, which includes the parishes of Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering & Bracklesham, Hunston, North (and South) Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, West Itchenor and Birdham.