Wow week 34 already sorry about week 33 hopefully normal service will resume now most holidays are out of the way.
Its been a good week all-round the site with one pair of Swallows giving us a second brood this year and have now successfully fledged. Around the birdtable has been busy with a pair of Nuthatch visiting especially early morning, and seeing any other bird off whilst they are at the table. Dunnock, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Blackbird and Bullfinch have all been seen.
Dragonflies this week, a Common Darter has been seen and landed briefly, not long enough for a photo
Butterflies have been good this week with nine species seen these being Speckled Wood, Green veined White (in good numbers), Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper (in good numbers), Peacock, Gatekeeper, Large White and finally the one I’ve been waiting for a couple of week despite searching, I stumbled upon it, the Small Copper finally finishing the week with two individuals seen.
Moths this week gave us two new ones a Common Rustic agg and a Udea lutealis
Also a new Hoverfly this week a Volucella inanis, (Mainly a Southern England hover until approx 1995 and which is now slowly expanding Northwards so a wonderful find at work this week).
Volucella inanis Hoverfly
Small Copper Butterfly
Udea lutealis Moth