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).

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018

0900 - 1200 sunny, 22c, at quarry etc : Meadow Brown 4, Small Heath 8, Speckled Wood 5, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper 2, Common Blue 12+, Holly Blue, Large White, Small White 2, Small Tortoiseshell, Cinnabar 5, Yellow Shell 2, Silver Ground Carpet, Common Wave, Burnet Companion 12+, Latticed Heath, Straw Dot 2, Silver Y, Large Red Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly 5.

Lapwing 17, Oystercatcher, Mute Swan pair with 6 cygnets, Heron, GC Grebe 2, Swift 4, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 2, Whitethroat pair, Reed Bunting 2m, Long-tailed Tit family group, Buzzard with prey.



    Mating pairs of Com. Blue butterflies & damselflies today (photo's by RP)

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Saturday 2nd June 2018

1000 - 1100 overcast, humid, 18c ; Hobby, Greylag, GC Grebe 2, Heron adult & 2 juv., Lapwing 3, LBb Gull 10, Swift 4, Swallow, Blackcap.

Grey Wagtail on 26th May

Friday, 1 June 2018

Thursday 31st May 2018

1000 - 1030 cloudy, 18C ; LR Plover 2, Oystercatcher 2, GC Grebe 2, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 2, Buzzard, Swift 40+, Swallows & H Martins 30+, Blackcap etc.




Saturday, 26 May 2018

Saturday 26th May 2018

0900 - 1030 drizzle, 15c : Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 2, Heron, Common Tern, Mute Swan 4 adults & 7 cygnets, Swift 60+, Swallows & Martins 50+, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk 2, Buzzard, Lt Tit 8 incl juvenile birds, Fox.



        Lime Hawkmoths at Rushall (all wild caught and released)

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

1030 - 1200 sunny, breezy, 19c : GC Grebe, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, LBb Gull 29, Herring Gull 4, Kestrel, Buzzard 2, Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Swallow 4, House Martin 5, Swift 9, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, etc.

Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip 2m, Speckled Wood 3, Burnet Companion, Common Blue Damselfly 2.



                       Small Heath & Wood Pigeon

Monday, 21 May 2018

Monday 21st May 2018

1500 - 1600 sunny 21c : GC Grebe, Kestrel, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 2, Reed Bunting 2, etc.

Small Heath, Orange Tip 3, Speckled Wood 2, Burnet Companion 2, Common White Wave.

Yellow Archangel

South-side channel

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Saturday 19th May 2018

1200 - 1400, sunny 22c : Dingy Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Brimstone m, Orange Tip 3, Large White 2, Small & Gv Whites, Speckled Wood 8, Burnet Companion 2, Cinnabar, Small Yellow Underwing, Blue Tailed Damselfly.

Herring Gull 5, LBb Gull 14, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail 3, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Linnet 3, Bullfinch m.


Dingy Skipper & Burnet Companion

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday 18th May 2018

1000 - 1200 hazy 15c : Grey Wagtail 3, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull 6, Heron 2, Swallow 3, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Kestrel, Bullfinch m, House Sparrow 2, Reed Bunting 2.

Green Hairstreak 2, Holly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 5, Large White, Orange Tip m, Burnet Companion 2.


             weird sun halo on 12th May due to plane spraying

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Tuesday 15th May 2018

1330 - 1500 sunny 22c : Herring Gull 6, LBb Gull 28, Lapwing 2, Swan cygnets hatched, Linnet 7, Willow Warbler 5, Buzzard 2, Collared Dove 3.  Also Holly Blue, Speckled Wood 7, Small Tortoiseshell worn, Comma, Large White, Cinnabar, Latticed Heath, etc

100+ hirundines & Swifts present on Weds 16th May.

Linley Wood 1500 : GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Chaffinch 2, Goldcrest, Heron, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap.


Common Sand. 13/05/18

Monday, 14 May 2018

Monday 14th May 2018

1100 - 1330 sunny, 22c : Birch Sawfly, Brimstone m, Orange Tip 5m 2f, Large White 5, Gv White 4, Small White 3+, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 6, Peacock 3, Small Tort, Latticed Heath, Cinnabar, Metallic Longhorn moths 25+, Large Red Damselfly.

Lapwing 2, LBb Gull 17, Herring Gull 2, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk, Swift 2, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 3, Whitethroat. (RP / GWR).




            Birch Sawfly, Green Hairstreak & Holly Blue today.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sunday 13th May 2018

0845 - 1100 fairly sunny, 14c : Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing, Coot with 8 chicks, GC Grebe 3, Mute Swan 3 (8 eggs in nest), Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard 2, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, a few Swallows, Swifts and martins, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting. Also Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood 4,  Orange Tip m, a few whites.





Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday 12th May 2018

0830 - 1030 hazy, chemtrails 9 - 12c : Ringed Plover, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 2, GC Grebe pair, Coot with 4 chicks, C Goose with 3 chicks, Swift 8, Swallow 4, House Martin 2, Sand Martin 5, GS Woodpecker, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat 2, Blackcap 2m, Linnet 2, Reed Bunting 2m, probable Hobby but quickly lost to view.


Ringed Plover today.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Thursday 10th May 2018

1000 - 1100 sunny, cool breeze, 11c : Swift 30+, Swallow 5, House Martin 6, Sand Martin 10, Common Tern 2, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler 3, Buzzard juvenile calling from nest tree. Also Speckled Wood 6, Gv White 5.


Linnet & Willow Warbler.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Monday 7th May 2018

0830 - 1030 sunny, 21c : Green Hairstreak at the marsh, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Orange Tip 6+, Large White 2, Gv White 4, Metallic Longhorn moths 20.

Cormorant, Teal pair, Lapwing 4, Heron 2, GC Grebe 2, LR Plover, Kestrel, Swift 2, Swallow 4, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat 2, Willow Warbler 3, Linnet 2, etc.

Lesser Whitethroat & Cuckoo at Park Limepits during the afternoon.


Green Hairstreak & Reed Warbler

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sunday 6th May 2018

0830 - 1100 sunny, 20c : Osprey drifted over to the north-west being mobbed by gulls, Red Kite over to the west, Kestrel m, Oystercatcher 3, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe on Swan Pool, Lapwing, Common Tern 2, Mute Swan pair on 7 eggs, Pied Wagtail 2, Swallow 4, House Martin 2, Sand Martin, Rook, Reed Warbler at the marsh, Garden Warbler, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat 4, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 2, Linnet pair, Reed Bunting 2, etc (RP / GWR).

Also seen : Orange Tip 5, Large White, Green-veined Whites, Speckled Wood 5, Holly Blue 2, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Longhorn moths 20+, Red Fox.  Brimstone 2m & f at Rushall.

At dusk at least 10 Noctule & Pipistrelle bats were present.


Red Kite today (photo RP)


Osprey today (GWR)


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Thursday 3rd May 2018

0930 - 1230 sunny, 11 - 14c : Redstart male at Barns Lane pool trees, Garden Warbler at marsh,  Blackcap 4m & f, Whitethroat 3, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 2, Sedge Warbler, Swallow 8, Martins, Linnet pair, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher 2, Heron, Common Tern, GC Grebe 3, Jay, Kestrel, Buzzard 2.

Also seen : Red Fox, Orange Tip 10, Gv White, Large White, Speckled Wood 2, Small Tort. 4, Peacock 2, Comma, Metallic Longhorn moths 6.


Garden Warbler & Whitethroat today

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

1100 - 1130 showery, 8c :  Common Sandpiper, LR Plover 2, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing, a few Swallows & Martins.

Late afternoon : Swift 6, Swallows & Martins 40+, White Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 6,  Common Tern, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff etc (RP).

At Bridle Lane, Barr Beacon : Wheatear 3 (photo), Yellowhammer 2 & a few Skylarks.




Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monday 30th April 2018

1445 - 1615, cloudy, n.e. wind, 8c : Heron, GC Grebe 3, Mallard 8 ducklings, LR Plover 3, Oystercatcher 2, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail 6, Kestrel, Buzzard 2, Swallow 12, House Martin 10, Sand Martin 6, Sedge Warbler in song, Blackcap 2m, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Linnet 2 with nesting material.  Also Red Fox having a snooze.