Sunday, April 21, 2013


Whilst yesterday was quite productive, today I've been out of the square under obligation and putting a lot of strain on my less-than-youthful frame on a white-water rafting day out. Very thrilling, good fun, no ticks. Only additions last night / this morning was a Double-striped Pug in the moth traps and fly on the wall whilst I emptied them. Still no Chiffchaff in my square - paradoxically more Willow Warblers than I ever remember hearing around here.

Tephritis formosa - handily sat on the house wall this morning

Taxon Vernacular Date Added
275 Tephritis formosa (fly) 21/04/2013
274 Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug 20/04/2013
273 Dicranomyia chorea (fly) 20/04/2013
272 Bombus hypnorum Tree Bumblebee 20/04/2013
271 Bombus lucorum White-tailed Bumble Bee 20/04/2013
270 Andrena fulva Tawny Mining Bee 20/04/2013
269 Palomena prasina Green Shieldbug 20/04/2013
268 Theridion pictum (spider) 20/04/2013
267 Trioza urticae Nettle Psyllid 20/04/2013
266 Polygonia c-album Comma 20/04/2013
265 Eristalis intricarius (hoverfly) 20/04/2013
264 Bombus pascuorum Common Carder Bee 20/04/2013
263 Eristalis pertinax (hoverfly) 20/04/2013
262 Bombylius major Bee Fly 20/04/2013
261 Pieris brassicae Large White 20/04/2013
260 Cumminsiella mirabilissima Mahonia Rust 20/04/2013
259 Aglais urticae Small Tortoiseshell 20/04/2013
258 Tetragnatha montana (spider) 20/04/2013
257 Lypha dubia (fly) 20/04/2013
256 Sylvia atricapilla Blackcap 20/04/2013
255 Ramularia rubella (fungi) 20/04/2013
254 Crataegus monogyna Hawthorn 20/04/2013
253 Tritomegas bicolor Pied Shieldbug 20/04/2013
252 Aglaostigma aucupariae (sawfly) 20/04/2013
251 Dictyna uncinata (spider) 20/04/2013

Literally 100s of Pied Shieldbugs out yesterday

I also had a quick look in the stream yesterday, and managed to get down to the 'shore' to pull out a couple of stones. Found a few unidentifiable bits including this leech which I can't resolve -
the eyes don't look right for anything?


  1. After a late arrival, lots of Chiffs with me now but still not a single Willow Warbler. Amazing the difference that about 100 miles can make.

  2. Chiffy's singing on my birding patch which is only c1.5miles north of here - usually one holding territory on the embankment adjacent to my garden. I'm sure one will turn up soon, along with both whitethroats. A repeat of last year's one-day Sedge Warbler around the garden would be nice!