Friday, 4 August 2006

Bird news

Friday, 4th August
  • Adult Yellow-legged Gull passed over the portocabin early-afternoon. A Mink was in the stream with the footbridge over it bordering Biggleswade Common at lunchtime too. The Buddleia at the end of the stable block had at least 30 Red Admirals early afternoon as well as a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, but there’s been a distinct drop-off of Painted Ladies over the last few days. However there has also been a surge in butterfly-watchers pausing at this bush after last weeks Silver-washed Fritillary! (Steve Blain
  • Several Brown Argus, plus Long-winged Conehead and Roesel’s Bush-cricket singing along track to north of Gatehouse. (IKD, DFD, Mark Ward)
  • Hummingbird Hawkmoth around the Buddleia outside of the stable block @ 13:05. (Kat Balaam, Jamie Wells)
  • Hummingbird hawkmoth & mother-of-pearl on lavender at the Gatehouse, Friday morning (4th) (Neil Renwick)
Thursday, 3rd August
  • 6 Swifts from my window this afternoon, moving through. Daily sightings now sadly over. (Mark Ward)
Monday, 31st July
  • Raven south over Plateau, also two hobby and a kestrel hunting over the Quarry. (12:45-13:30) (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • 2 Hobbies together from my window at 12.28. Quite high so hard to ascertain plumage details for ageing purpose, but the neatness of the wings suggested they might be juveniles. (Mark Ward)
  • One fieldfare was found on Sandy Ridge, the land to the east of The Lodge Gatehouse on Monday morning during the final survey of the season. Has this bird been around all summer, or is winter around the corner? Also, 2 nightingales in the scrubby patch where a male was singing in May (Neil Renwick)
Saturday, 29th July
  • Silver-washed fritillary still on buddleia on Saturday, along with small copper, but no sign on Sunday. (Paul Donald)
Friday, 28th July
  • 4 hummingbird hawk moths on the buddleias west of the main house after work on Friday - one of which was stung by a hornet just before I arrived (witnessed by Darren Oakley-Martin) and eventually died. (Mark Ward)
Wednesday, 26th July
  • Brown Argus, Small Copper & Essex Skipper (perched on finger) on the heath; Ruddy Darters, 4-spot Chaser & Blue-tailed Damselfly at Plantation Pond; Southern Hawkers at Jack's Pond. (Nigel Willits)

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