Thursday, 15 August 2019

Thursday 15th August 2019

1500 - 1600 sunny, breezy 19c : Little Grebe, Teal 2 (photo), Cormorant 5, Lapwing 63, Bh Gull 182, Herring & LBb Gull 161, Collared Dove 4, Swallow, Chiffchaff 2, Blackcap m. (GWR)


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tuesday 13th August 2019

0930 - 1150 fairly sunny, breezy, to 18c : Little Grebe 3, Teal 3, Tufted,  Cormorant 9, Lapwing c50, LBb Gull c30, Buzzard, Collared Dove 6, Swallow, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff 6+ with Long-tailed Tit flocks. 

Purple Hairstreak at Brook Meadow, Holly Blue, Painted Lady 3, etc.  (RP / GWR)




        Purple Hairstreak today and Gatekeeper yesterday (GWR)

Monday, 12 August 2019

Monday 12th August 2019

1015 - 1215 fairly sunny, 16c : Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, Blackcap 4, Whitethroat 4, Chiffchaff 3, Linnet 3, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Raven 2, Teal 4, Little Grebe, Cormorant 5.

Painted Lady 3, Peacock, Comma, Meadow & Hedge Browns 50+, etc.  (GWR)



    Hoverflies Myathropa florea & Volucella inanis on 11th Aug. (RP)

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Sunday 11th August 2019

0910 - 1150 generally sunny & windy with some showers, 18c : Little Grebe 4 adults, Teal 2, Tufted 2, Canada Geese 300+, Cormorant 10, Common Sand., Lapwing c50, Peregrine, Swift 10, Swallow 2, House Martin 4, Sand Martin 2, Collared Dove 6, Wood Pigeon c60 to north in two's & threes, Rook 10, Blackcap 3 (m&f), Chiff/Willow W 3, Goldcrest, etc. Red Fox.

Common Blue 6, Holly Blue m, Small & Essex Skipper 10+, Ringlet 3, Meadow Brown 50+, Hedge Brown 20+, Speckled Wood 12, Small & Green-veined Whites 10, Painted Lady 2 (7 at Rushall), Straw Underwing, Mother of Pearl.  (GWR / RP)



             Hornet Hoverfly & Common Sand. 6th August (GWR)

Friday, 9 August 2019

Friday 9th August 2019

1100 - 1200 strong SW wind, fairly sunny 21c : Common Sand., Lapwing 49, Little Grebe 2, Gadwall 2, Tufted, Teal 2, Cormorant 7, Heron 5, Swift 8, House Martin 8, Swallow, Collared Dove 6, Jay 2, Raven, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff.  (GWR)


Little Grebes 29th July (GWR)

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Tuesday 6th August 2019

0930 - 1220 becoming sunny, breezy, to 21c : Heron 7, Cormorant 5, Tufted 3, Teal 2, Little Grebe heard, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing c50, Swift 8, House Martin 3, Swallow 5, Raven 2, Buzzard 3, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff 3.  (RP / GWR)



            Hummingbird Hawkmoth & Migrant Hawker at Rushall.


    Hedge Brown/Gatekeeper & Small Copper at Stubbers 4th August. (GWR)

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Sunday 4th August 2019

0910 - 1205 sunny start then cloudy, 20c : Sparrowhawk 2, one with captured bird (possibly Swallow), Buzzard, Canada Geese 353, Mute Swan 4, Cormorant 6, Heron 5, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe pair + 2 young, Teal 2, Tufted, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing c50, Jay, Raven 3, Rook 32, Collared Dove 9, House Martin 3, Swallow 4, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff/Willow W 3, Greenfinch.

Red Deer at floods, Red Fox 3.

Small Copper 2, Holly Blue, Peacock 6, Painted Lady 3, Essex & Small Skippers 30+, Meadow Brown & Hedge Brown abundant, Ringlet 3, Speckled Wood 4, Vapourer moth, a few Brown Hawkers & Common Blue Damselflies.  (RP / GWR)



Deer and Fox today (GWR)



Friday, 2 August 2019

Friday 2nd August 2019

1350 - 1445 sunny, humid, 23c : Common Sandpiper, Lapwing c60, GC Grebe 2, Cormorant 5, Peregrine, Swallow 2, Chiff/Willow W 3.

Possible Silver-washed Fritillary near marsh (RP), Large Skipper, Ringlet 3, Hedge Brown c30, Speckled Wood 5, Black-tailed Skimmer 3.  (GWR)


Peregrine today (GWR)

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Thursday 1st August 2019

1000 - 1200 Cloudy, brighter later, 18c : Little Grebe, GC Grebe, Tufted 8, Cormorant 6, Heron 3, Herring Gull 5, LBb Gull 12, juv large gulls 28, Collared Dove 16.

Speckled Wood 14+, Ruddy Darter, Twin-lobed Deerfly.  (RP)




             Deer Fly, Ruddy Darter and Red Bartsia today (RP)

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Tuesday 30th July 2019

0830 - 1000 cloudy & dull, rain later, 16c : Yellow-legged Gull, Little Grebe pair + 2 young, GC Grebe 4, Teal 3, Tufted 10, Mute Swan 5, Cormorant 9, Heron 5, Lapwing 59, Rook c50.  (RP)

Yellow-legged Gull today (RP)

Com Sand on 28th July (GWR)

Monday, 29 July 2019

Monday 29th July 2019

1130 - 1300 sunny, 22c : Peregrine, Mute Swan 4, Little Grebe pair + 2 young, GC Grebe 2, Cormorant 6, Collared Dove 4, etc.

Holly Blue, Peacock 9, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet 6, Meadow Brown abundant, Hedge Brown abundant, Speckled Wood numerous, Yellow Shell, a few Small Skippers, etc.  Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker 10, Common Darter 3.  (GWR)



             Holly Blue & Red-legged Ichneuman Wasp today

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Sunday 28th July 2019

1010 - 1115 cold & rainy, 13c : Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 72, Pochard 2 (photo), Teal 2, Tufted 12, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe 2 + 2 young, Coot 26, Bh Gull 111, Pied Wagtail 4, Swift 12, House & Sand Martins c20, Swallow 2, Blackcap.  (GWR)

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Saturday 27th July 2019

1700 - 1745 rain stopped, 18c : Little Grebe pair with 3 young, Tufted 6, Teal 2, Coot 38, Cormorant 4, Heron 3, Lapwing 86.  (RP)

Little Grebe with young (RP)

Friday, 26 July 2019

Friday 26th July 2019

1200 - 1330 fairly sunny, 23c : Rook 40 in southern field, Cormorant, Bh Gull 80+, Herring & LBb Gull 60+, Heron 4, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin 12, Collared Dove 8, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff 3.

Peacock 12, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady 2 larvae, Small & Essex Skippers c30, Hedge Brown c20, etc.

Brown Hawker 2, Black-tailed Skimmer c10.  (GWR / PJR)

A few Rooks today.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

1015 - 1130 sunny to 24c : Green Sandpiper, Lapwing 86, Teal 2, Tufted 8, Cormorant 9, GC Grebe 2, Herring Gull 9, Collared Dove 21, Stock Dove, Swift 5 (200+ yesterday near Park Limepits), House Martin 2, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff 2.

Peacock 2 new brood, Small Tortoiseshell 5, numerous Meadow Browns, Hedge Browns, Speckled Woods & Ringlets, Cinnabar moth & numerous larvae.

Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker 2, Common Darter.  (GWR)



            White-letter Hairstreak at Rushall today (GWR)

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday 21st July 2019

0915 - 1200 sunny start clouding over, 19c : Common Tern, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 88, GC Grebe 2, Heron 5, Teal, Tufted 4, Raven 2, Buzzard 3, Sparrowhawk, Collared Dove 8, Pied Wagtail, Swallow 4, Swift 3, Blackbird 5, Whitethroat 3, Blackcap, Willow W/Chiffchaff 5, Greenfinch 2, Reed Bunting 3, etc.

Another Marbled White (3rd of year), Meadow Brown & Ringlet 100's, Hedge Brown 30+, Speckled Wood 5, Red Admiral, Comma 4, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Small Skipper 100's, Essex Skipper 3, Large Skipper 10, Small, Green-veined & Large Whites, Six-spot Burnet 2, Yellow Shell, Latticed Heath 2.

Emerald Damselfly, Common Darter, Emperor 2, Black-tailed Skimmer 2, Brown Hawker dozens.  (RP / GWR)



   Six-spot Burnet, Common Darter f & Emerald Damselfly today (RP)

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Wednesday 17th July 2019

1100 - 1215 hazy sun, breezy, 22c : Tufted 6, GC Grebe 2, Heron 5, Lapwing 50+, LBb Gull 31, Herring Gull 4, Kestrel, Buzzard, Collared Dove 7, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting 3, etc.

Small Tortoiseshell 4, Comma, Speckled Wood 4, good numbers of Meadow Browns, Hedge Browns, Ringlets, Large & Small Whites, Small Skippers.  Brown Hawker 2, Southern Hawker.



       Green Sandpiper & Black Tailed Skimmer on 14th July (GWR)

Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday 15th July 2019

1115 - 1330 cloud clearing, sunny 19c : Tufted 6, Heron 5, Cormorant 4, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe, Lapwing 99, Buzzard 2, Collared Dove 4, Swift 4, Swallow 2.

Essex & Small Skippers c20, Large Skipper 3, Marbled White, Meadow Brown 20+, Ringlet 20+, Hedge Brown 3, Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tort 20.

Emperor, Black-t Skimmer 10, Brown Hawker 3, Common Darter, Common Blue Damsels 20+, Ichneumon wasp (extensorious), Welsh Chafer 3.  (RP)


Com damsel & Essex Skipper (RP)



Sunday, 14 July 2019

Sunday 14th July 2019

0930 - 1300 overcast/drizzle leading to sunny breaks, 19c : Marbled White, Essex Skipper 15+, Small Skipper 15+, Large Skipper 6, Ringlet 20+, Meadow Brown abundant,  Hedge Brown 6, Small Tortoiseshell 10+, Comma, Large & Small Whites 20+, Gv White 2, Cinnabar 3.

Black-tailed Skimmer 4, Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker 3, Common Darter 2, a few damselflies.

Greylag, Cormorant 5, Tufted 4, Teal, Gc Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing 96, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker heard, Kestrel, Buzzard, LBb Gull 5, Collared Dove 8, Stock Dove, Swift 2, Swallow 12, House Martin 4, Sand Martin 4. Whitethroat 2, Blackcap, Chiffchaff 3, Bullfinch, Linnet m, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 4, etc.  (GWR / RP)




               Marbled White & Essex Skipper today (GWR)

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Saturday 13th July 2019

0930 - 1030 overcast, breezy, 17c : Mute Swan 4, Greylag, Cormorant 5, Heron, GC Grebe 2, Tufted 8, Lapwing 53, Swift 20, Swallow 12, House Martin 6, Sand Martin 4, Collared Dove 7, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap 2 juvs, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch 2, Linnet 2, House Sparrow 2, Red Fox (photo), etc.  (GWR)


Monday, 8 July 2019

Monday 8th July 2019

1100 - 1330 cloudy start/some sun, to 20c : Purple Hairstreak (at least one surviving the oak felling), Hedge Brown (Gatekeeper), Ringlet 30+, Meadow Brown 5, Speckled Wood, Small White, Large White, Gv White, Cinnabar 2 + dozens of larvae, Shaded Broad Bar, Yellow Shell 2.

Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker, Azure damselfly, Common Darter f, Common Blue damsels.

Lapwing 40, Cormorant, Heron 5, GC Grebe, Pied Wagtail, GS Woodpecker, Swift 3, Blackcap 2, etc.  (RP / GWR)

On Sunday 7th July 5 Little Egrets were present at 0805, later seen flying in to Blithfield. (PPN)


Welsh Chafer bugs 5th July (GWR)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Rushall 4th July

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Saturday 6th July 2019

Branton Hill pool etc 1030 - 1105, overcast, 17c : Oystercatcher 2, Cormorant, Heron, Little Grebe, Coot 2, Mallard 3, Bh Gull c40, Rook & Jackdaw c60 on fields, Buzzard, Swift 2, Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove 3, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Greenfinch 3, Linnet 2.  (GWR)









           Seen at Branton Hill, Aldridge this morning (GWR)