Sunday, 19 April 2015
Yesterday Steve took me to JCB lakes .. after convincing him I knew the way as I had been a few times I did my usual trick and got us lost !!! Thankfully even though Steve hadn't got a clue where they where he pulled it out of the bag yet again and found them ......
Posted by Insect at 20:23
Friday, 17 April 2015
A walk around part of the wood this evening produced good numbers of summer migrants with 5 x Swallow , 10 x Chiffchaff , 3 x Blackcap , 3 x Willow Warbler . No sign of last nights pair of Mandarin Duck which I accidently flushed while out walking the dog by our pond.
Posted by Insect at 19:02
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
The warmer weather has brought a trickling of summer migrants through the wood , with seven Chiffchaff , three Willow Warblers a single Blackcap and four Swallows yesterday . Butterfly counts are still on the low side with just four Peacock,s two Comma and a single Brimstone . Two Harlequin Ladybirds were seen again yesterday along with good numbers of seven spot . A pair of Lesser Redpoll,s are still visiting the feeders and our Nuthatch seems to be settling down to nest building just outside the window. We are still awaiting our first Pied Flycatcher and with birds arriving close by it should not be long (hopefully) . Below is a couple of images of the Harlequin Ladybird.
Posted by Insect at 19:40
Sunday, 12 April 2015
With nesting well under way Steve put six more boxes up this morn hopefully for the Redstarts and Flycatchers... All the other boxes are taken with Blue tits and Great tits ... Nutty has successfully woowed his female into the box by our window and the Woodpeckers have made their nest in a nearby tree ..
Posted by Insect at 20:18
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Another first record for our wood . A White Wagtail (alba) a continental passage migrant was found in the farm field by my partner Tracey this afternoon.The difference between our resident Pied Wagtails (yarrellii) and the continental White Wagtail is the sharp border line between its black crown and nape and the silvery-grey back and clean flanks. Compared with the glossy black cap nape and back of the Pied and its dusky grey flanks . Numbers of White Wagtails are passing through the country at present being mostly noted around the coast .
Posted by Insect at 19:38