Sunday, 15 July 2018

Blues and Hairstreaks

All seen this weekend (White-letter Hairstreaks at Rushall).







Purple Hairstreaks, Holly Blue female, Common Blue male, White-letter Hairstreaks.

Sunday 15th July 2018

0930 - 1300 sunny, to 26c : Painted Lady, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 3, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Hairstreak 6, Holly Blue, Common Blue 4, Ringlet & Hedge Brown abundant, Meadow Brown 10+, Speckled Wood 6, Small & Green-veined & Large Whites abundant, Large Skipper, Small Skipper 8, Essex Skipper 5, Six-spot Burnet 4, Grass Pyralids abundant.

Southern Hawker 2, poss. Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker 4, Broad-bodied Chaser 2, Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly 2.

Canada Geese 150+, Heron 2, Lapwing 94, Bh Gull 95, LBb Gull, Sparrowhawk f, Buzzard 2, Swift 3, House Martin 2, Pied Wagtail, Stock Dove 2, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 2, Chiff/Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Goldcrest 2 juvs, Bullfinch 2.  (RP / GWR)






            Six-spot Burnets, Peacock and Painted Lady today.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Thursday 12th July 2018

1000 - 1330 becoming sunny, 22c : Small Copper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Ringlet 40+, Meadow Brown 20+, Hedge Brown 40+, Speckled Wood, Comma 9, Peacock 8, Small Tort., Large, Small & Green-veined Whites, Vapourer moth, Silver Y, Mother of Pearl, Hornet.

Little Grebe, GC Grebe 2, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 20, Coot 42, Heron 3, Bh Gull 40+, LBb Gull 2, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard 2, Swift 12, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Blackcap 3, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail, etc.

Small Copper today

Comma on 8th July

Broad-bodied Chaser on 8th July


     Close up of Black-tailed Skimmer on 28th June (photo by RP)

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sunday 8th July 2018

0900 - 1130 hot & sunny again, 26c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 38, Heron 5, Teal, Little Grebe 2 adults, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel m, Buzzard, Jackdaw 60+, Pied Wagtail 2, Swift 20+, Swallow 4, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler 3, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, etc.

Purple Hairstreak 4, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Comma 6, Peacock fresh out summer brood at Rushall, Hedge Brown 4, Ringlet 20+, Meadow Brown 8, Speckled Wood, Essex Skipper 6+, Small Skipper 10+, Large Skipper 3, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker 5, Black-tailed Skimmer 5m, Broad-bodied Chaser m & f,  Lesser Willow Sawfly larvae, Cinnabar 100+ larvae, etc.  (RP / GWR)



         Willow Warbler sunbathing at the marsh on 1st July.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018

0830 - 0930 sunny, 20c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 19, Little Grebe 3, GC Grebe 2, Teal 2, Cormorant, Heron, Swan cygnets 6, Bh Gull 51, Collared Dove 4, Grey Wagtail, Swift 25+, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Reed Warbler in song at the marsh, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 3.

Also a scarce Hornet Hoverfly seen (RP).


Ruff this morning.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wednesday 4th July 2018

1030 - 1230 sunny, 25c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 30+, Cormorant, Heron 3, Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Gadwall 2, Teal 2, Tufted 8, GC Grebe, Bh Gull 20 incl juveniles, Sparrowhawk with prey, Buzzard, Swift 20+, Swallow 2, House Martin 2, Pied Wagtail 2, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Linnet pair, Reed Bunting 2m. (RP)

Red Admiral, Small Tort.5, Large White, Small Whites, Ringlets, Hedge Brown 5, Speckled Wood, Small Skippers, Cinnabar.



        Male Ruff this morning. Thanks to Bob for the photo's.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday 1st July 2018

0950 - 1220 hazy sun, to 27c : Purple Hairstreak 3 at oaks, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 6, Hedge Brown 3, Ringlet 25+, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood 7, Cinnabar 2, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker 4, Broad-bodied Chaser f, Azure Damselfly pair, Common Blue Damselfly 10+, Green-veined Small & Large Whites.

Heron 5, Lapwing 35, Buzzard 2, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 2, Swift 10, Swallow, House Martin 6, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap 2m, Greenfinch 3, Bullfinch 4, Reed Bunting 2m.  (RP / GWR)



        Purple Hairstreaks and Emperor Dragonfly this morning.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Saturday 30th June 2018

1300 - 1400 hot & sunny, 26c : Hedge Brown 2, Small Heath, Meadow Brown 5, Speckled Wood 5, Ringlet 12, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Large White 3, Common Wave, Cinnabar 2, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.  Also Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Swift 8, Swallow, Linnet 2.



   White-letter Hairstreak butterfly at Rushall today (on the lawn!).

Swallows





  Adult and young Swallows on 28th June 2018 at the sailing club.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Friday 29th June 2018

1100 - 1200 sunny, 22c : Lapwing 37, Bh Gull 31, LBb Gull 20, Heron, Pied Wagtail 3, Swift 10, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 3, Reed Bunting, etc.

Hedge Brown (Gatekeeper) 2 (photo), Ringlet 15, Meadow Brown 4, Speckled Wood 8, Small Heath, Small Skipper 3, Large White 3, Cinnabar 2.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Thursday 28th June 2018

0930 - 1330 sunny, to 25c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, C Geese 200+, Little Grebe, Heron 2, Buzzard 2, LR Plover adult & juv., Lapwing 20, LBb Gull 15, Swift 8, Swallow 7, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat 2, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting.

Black-tailed Skimmer 12 (photo), Brown Hawker 2, Common & Blue-tailed Damselflies 20+, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell 8, Speckled Wood 5, Ringlet 30+, Meadow Brown 20+, Small Heath 3, Small Skipper 6, Common Blue 3, Large & Small Whites 10, Green-veined White, Cinnabar 8 moths & hundreds of larvae, Large Yellow Underwing 2.  (RP / GWR)


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Wednesday 27th June 2018

0930 - 1130 sunny / breezy 18c : Mute Swan + 3 cygnets, Heron 2, LR Plover juv, Oystercatcher, Lapwing 39, Bh Gull 4 juv, LBb Gull 11, Pied Wagtail 10, Swift 20+, Swallow, Sand Martin, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 2, Bullfinch 2, Reed Bunting m, Buzzard.

Ringlet 10+, Meadow Brown 5, Speckled Wood 4, Large Skipper 2, Small Skipper, Cinnabar, Grey Longhorn, Brown Hawker.


                   Buzzard on 24th June (photo by RP)

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday 24th June 2018

0930 - 1230 sunny/hazy, 22c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, GC Grebe 2, Heron, Lapwing 18, Buzzard, Bh Gull 8 & 2 juveniles, LBb Gull 10, Pied Wagtail m & juv., Swift 20, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Reed Warbler in song, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler in song, Song Thrush, Jay 3, Long-tailed Tit 4, Goldfinch 4, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Linnet, etc.

Small Skipper 10+, Large Skipper 2, Ringlet 25+, Meadow Brown 15+, Small Heath 15+, Speckled Wood 5, Common Blue 2m & f, Large White, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 2, Cinnabar moth & larvae, Clouded Border, Common Wave, Yellow Shell 5, Brown Hawker dragonfly, Common Blue damselflies 6 mated pairs, Blue-tailed Damselfly 2, Spotted Longhorn & Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn beetles. (RP / GWR)


Ringlet & Buzzard today

Friday, 22 June 2018

Friday 22nd June 2018

1000 - 1100 sunny, 18c : Ringlet 3, Speckled Wood 6, Meadow Brown 3, Small Heath, Large Skipper 2, Latticed Heath, Cinnabar.

Lapwing 11, LBb Gull 10, Swift 6, Swallow 2, House Martin 4,Whitethoat 3, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 2, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting 2m.

Bank (or Field) Vole feeding on insects on bramble stem.

Little Grebe on 17th June (RP)

Monday, 18 June 2018

Monday 18th June 2018

1200 - 1300 fairly sunny, breezy, 20c : Lapwing, LBb Gull 25, Herring Gull 2, Green Woodpecker, Swift 10, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler 2, Reed Bunting 2.

Meadow Brown 4, Speckled Wood 5, Large Skipper 3, Pebble Prominent larva, Cinnabar 2, Spotted Longhorn beetle.

Pebble Prominent

Spotted Longhorn

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday 17th June 2018

0830 - 1100 cloudy. breezy, 16c : Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 3, Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Heron 2, Lapwing 17, (Oystercatcher on 12th June), Green Woodpecker, Swift 20, Sand Martin 12+, House Martin, Swallow 4, Willow Warbler 3, Blackcap 2, Reed Warbler in song at lagoon, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting 3.

Speckled Wood 2, Large Skipper 3, Peacock caterpillars, Clouded Border, Yellow Shell 20+, Silver-ground Carpet, Garden Carpet, Latticed Heath, Common Pug, Degeers Longhorns 3. (RP / GWR)


Clouded Border

Yellow Shell

Peacock larvae

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sunday 10th June 2018

0930 - 1130 generally overcast, then sunny, 18c : Little Grebe 4 adults on Swan Pool, GC Grebe, Lapwing 14, LBb Gull 5, Sparrowhawk, Swift 10, Swallow 2, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat 2, Lt Tit 4, Bullfinch 2, Reed Bunting 2m, etc.

Large Skipper 2, Speckled Wood 3, Latticed Heath, Yellow Shell, Degeers Longhorn moths 12+, Burnet Companion, Broad-bodied Chaser 3, Common Blue Damselflies 10+. (RP / GWR)

Ragged Robin

Degeers Longhorn

Broad-bodied Chasers


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Saturday 9th June 2018

1215 - 1315 light sun, 18c : Speckled Wood 4, Small Heath 4, Meadow Brown 2, Large Skipper, Common Blue m, Cinnabar 2, Yellow Shell 3, Silver-ground Carpet, Straw Dot, Burnet Companion, Common Blue Damselfly 4.

Lapwing 6, Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Canada Geese 155 + goslings, Heron, Swallow 2, Willow Warbler 2, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Bunting 2.


Small Copper @ Aldridge Airfield today

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Wednesday 6th June 2018

1000 - 1115 sunny, 17c : Common Tern, LBb Gull 15, Herring Gull 7, GC Grebe, Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Lapwing 8, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard 2, Swift 12, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Silver Y moth, Common Blue Damselfly 6.



        Meadow Brown & Large Skipper on 3rd June (photo's by RP).