Week 15 will be one of the stand out weeks of the year due to two new species found for the work patch one insect and one bird.
Lets start by saying the Butterflies are back on the wing and we had four species on site this week with Brimstone (a male flew thru) numerous Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells and a few Commas
Birds this week have included Nuthatch mainly around the bird table along with Great Tit and Blue Tit. Back in the woods Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owls (Heard Only), Long tailed Tit, Wren, Dunnock, and a Sparrowhawk over, but one of the finds this week was a reappearance of a Dipper on the nearby brook, these haven’t been seen for numerous years so was great to see again, the find this week on the bird side was a Tree Pipit (new species for site and an amazing find) found at the end of the dinner break so only had seconds to enjoy the find, re checked after work but was not re located.
There are also a few Hoverfly species back but yet I’ve to get back into ID’ing these but my find this week were the pair of Bee Flies [Bombylius major] (A strange-looking insect with a furry body and lovely patterned wings. The strange long proboscis is used for drinking nectar and the fly is totally harmless.)