Sunday, 15 July 2018

Greater Sandplover at Spurn

A new British tick for me today at Spurn and what a bird ..












Thursday, 21 June 2018

Chase the Sun -23/6/18

Wayne and a team of his work colleagues are taking part in https://www.chasethesun.org -  a 205 mile cycle ride in the time it takes the sun to come up and set!  It happens this Saturday and they are raising money for Marie Curie so it would be great if everyone who reads this could donate just a little via this link

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tayto?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20180504_112234

It's going to be a very difficult challenge leaving the Isle of Sheppey, Kent at dawn and hopefully arriving in Burnham-on-sea, Somerset at dusk - here's hoping they make it!

Monday, 11 June 2018

In the garden today..

Tree Bumblebee with what looks to be a mite on its back

A new garden bug for me - the Woundwort Shieldbug this pair mating and had another 4

and what I think is a new Sawfly the Arge pagan





Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Broad-bodied Chaser

Had a pair around the pond for a week now - female egg laying - here's the male - digiscoped





Sunday, 3 June 2018

A funny old week

Never been in a police van until this week - can't say too much at this point but it involved saving schedule one breeding waders! and then today had an Osprey circling above my head at Messingham and spent a brilliant few hours with John, John and Eddy also at MSQ looking for bugs and this is what we saw

Athous haemorrhoidalis - Click Beetle

Blue-tailed Damselfly - try not to put out of focus pics on here but this is the rufescens form which I hadn't noticed before

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens)


Brimstone Caterpillar

Yellow-tail moth caterpillar

Tortoise Beetle - sp to be confirmed

Wasp Beetle

Viburnum Beetle larvae

Drinker

 Unknown!

These were taken by Eddy and awaiting id confirmation but maybe Bruchus rufipes which would be a good find this far north


 and finally a fledgling Treecreeper


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Black-headed Bunting

Caught having a bath - plenty of these singing around the Island



Bee-eaters on Lesvos

Never seen so many Bee-eaters they were everywhere in good numbers



Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Lesvos

Just back from a week on the beautiful Greek island of Lesvos - we stayed in Skala Kalloni and really  just had a relaxing week in the sun driving around the island doing a bit of birding and lots of long lunches. We knew we were at the latter end of migration but knew we would also see a nice selection of birds and we managed to find five Collared Flycatchers which is where we start..





Red-footed Falcon

European Scops Owl - 3 easily seen in one area

Balkan Marbled White and Skipper sp.

Lesvos Bush Cricket sp












 Another grasshopper sp.

Ilex Hairstreak

 Yet another unidentified grasshopper