Friday, 21 July 2006

Bird news

Friday, 21st July
  • Buddleia Bar very busy today - Hummingbird Hawkmoth & several Painted Ladies having joined the red admirals, peacocks, whites & browns (Nigel Willits)
  • A rather tatty Pine Hawk Moth on the Finance building. (Jamie Wells)
  • 3 small red-eyed damselflies on the Swimming Pool at lunchtime, Essex skipper, comma, peacock and red admiral in the Memorial garden. My first migrant hawker of the summer patrolling its beat outside the window today too (Mark Ward)
  • 2 Common Blues at lunchtime by ha-ha in front of house (IKD, DFD)
  • Hobby (same bird as yesterday) from our window mid morning (Ellen Collier and Mark Ward)
Thursday, 20th July
  • Comma and Painted Lady among others on Buddleia in front of house in evening (IKD, DFD)
  • Purple hairstreak around the oak on the south edge of the Avocet car park as I walked to my car on Thursday evening. (Mark Ward)
  • 2 adult Moorhens with 3 (half-grown) young by the pond outside the canteen at 3pm on Thursday. (Jamie Wells)
  • Hobby (with a notch out of one of the secondaries on the left wing) again from my window a few times this afternoon. At one stage using the updraughts from the plateau edge to rise up into the air to hang 'kestrel-style' with great efficiency. (Mark Ward)
  • 4 small red-eyed damselflies on the Swimming Pool (3 males, one female) - I haven't been able to beat 4 as a day count. Male banded demoiselle at the Swimming Pool. Small copper in the Memorial garden. Hummingbird hawk moth in the Memorial Garden. Nice fresh. Peacock and red admiral (2) in the Memorial Garden (Mark Ward)
  • A Ringlet on Hemp Agrimony behind Human Resources (east end) at lunchtime (JOS)
  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth on Verbena in Memorial Garden (IKD, DFD)
Wednesday, 19th July
  • Hobby from my window; A tatty male large red damselfly on the swimming pool; Also a male broad-bodied chaser at the Swimming Pool; Common blue in the Memorial garden; Brown hawker and at least 2 female emperors busy oviposting in the Swimming Pool (MarkWard)
  • Small Copper on sheep meadow. (Nigel Willits)
Tuesday, 18th July
  • Male broad-bodied chaser at the swimming pool at lunchtime and a buzzard (possible juvenile) over the gardens (the latter also seen by Darren Oakley-Martin). (Mark Ward)
Monday, 17th July
  • Had a marbled white butterfly outside the Avocet Building on Monday afternoon - only my second at the Lodge (the first being last year) (Mark Boyd)
  • 2 moorhen chicks and an adult next to the pond outside the canteen at lunchtime. (Phil Burfield)
  • 4 small red-eyed damselflies still at the eastern end of the swimming pool at lunchtime, including a pair copulating. (Mark Ward)
  • Marbled White flying in front of house at 0910. Lots of Roesel’s Bush-crickets singing by ha-ha at lunchtime. (IKD, DFD)
  • 3 Crossbills west over meadow in front of house towards quarry, morning. (Ben Stafford)
  • A juvenile crossbill flew south over Avocet car park and away east over the Avocet building when I arrived this morning (c08.25). (Mark Ward)
Saturday, 15th July
  • At least 8 hobbies hunting over the fields across the Potton-Sandy Road from The Lodge Gatehouse, then 2 large hawkmoths (elephant?) on honeysuckle at the shop doorway (Neil Renwick)
Friday, 14th July
  • Two small red-eyed damsels at E end of the swimming pool at lunchtime (Duncan McNiven/Debbie Pain)

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