Birds, Moths, Natural History in and around Hailsham and the Pevensey Levels
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Eats Bees and Breeds
It would have been rude not to take in the Bee-eaters at East Leake in Nottinghamshire on the 14th since I had tickets for the first two days of the Trent Bridge test match. As a result Amber had to endure a slightly earlier than scheduled start in order to humour me by paying a visit to the site, about twenty minutes from the ground, before play. The birds put on an exemplary display feeding on bees and other insects from their favoured perches around the quarry, often calling as they flew short sorties for prey items.
News has subsequently been released that the birds have nested and that at least 2 young are being reared, not totally surprising given that we witnessed courtship / pair bonding behaviour (pictured above) where one of the birds is offering a bumble bee to another, and the location and the length of time the birds have been present.
The cricket was very enjoyable albeit that England were hammered by a strongly motivated Proteas' side. Joe Root pictured below on the way to a cameo fifty.