Week 24

Another turn around on the weather front just when we thought summer was going to start nicely it turned to rain shower with the wind picking up at times during the week and mainly overcast but warm with temperatures however still around the 20° mark

However it did put a dampener on the insects with only one Speckled Wood butterfly seen all week, with reports of a Red Admiral also. Nettle Weevils could still be found along with Harvestman Spiders.

Hoverflies seem to have taken a dive with the odd individuals about and not the numbers there should be, Heineken Fly [Rhinigia campestris], Eristalis tenax and Eristalis horticola the only ones identified.

The new find for the week are Plant Bugs [Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus], plenty can be seen around the nettle patches’ and on the oak leaves. Mayfly seen but no ID, Owl Midges could be seen along with a beautiful Sawfly [Tenthredo mesomela]

On the bird side this week the Swallows are now very busy feeding young, Goldfinch, Blackbirds, Swifts, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Blackcap, and Robin (feeding young in the top car park) could all be seen this week

Reports also of a Mink along the stream

Hoverly [Eristalis horticola]

Hoverfly

Plant Bug [Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus]

Plant Bug

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