Thursday, 27 July 2006

Bird news

Thursday, 27th July
  • 2 pairs of small red-eyed damselflies 'in cop' at the west end of the swimming pool at lunchtime and a total of 37 painted ladies on the two buddleias west of the main entrance to the house. (Mark Ward)
  • A Raven went low over the house at around 10am today, heading towards Sandy. (Steve Blain)
Tuesday, 25th July
  • A single crossbill gipping over the Avocet Building at 1615hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Hummingbird hawk moth caught by Duncan McNiven in the office (Diane James)
  • 2 Purple Hairstreaks, male brimstone and comma from my window. Also pine hawk moth and scalloped hook-tip on my window. 32 Painted Ladies on buddleias west of the main entrance to the house at lunchtime and c8 red admirals, a comma and a hummingbird hawk moth. (Mark Ward)
  • Lunchtime: two brown arguses flirting or fighting (not sure which!) around the verbena in the Memorial Garden. Photos here. Morning: male southern hawker around the pond outside the canteen (Katie Fuller)
  • Brown Argus, Small Skipper & several Silver Y on buddleia by stable-block - as well as painted ladies, red admirals, peacocks, commas, (no tortoiseshells), whites & browns. (Nigel Willits)
Monday, 24th July
  • 1 hornet attacking several Painted Ladies on buddleia - as soon as attacked butterfly left flower, hornet moved to another, continuously for 5 mins - seemed to ignore other species. (Nigel Willits)

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