Thursday, 17 August 2006

Bird news

Thursday 17th August
  • Tanner or Sawyer Beetle (Prionus coriarius) – possibly the same as on Tuesday (though not there Weds) – on window frame on east side of Avocet towards south end. (IKD, DFD)
  • Four swifts south over The Quarry at 1045hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • An adult hobby flushed from a pine on The Plateau at 1245hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin & Katie Fuller)
Wednesday 16th August
  • Pair of Small Red-eyes in cop at east end of fish pond. (Nigel Willits)
  • 3 swifts over Snipe Building at 17:30 (Phil Burfield)
  • Six Painted Ladies on Buddleia by Stable Block at lunchtime (IKD, DFD)
  • A superb flock of 77 greenfinches feeding in the borage field near Sandy Quarry. It will be interesting to see how this flock develops over the Autumn and what other species are attracted there. (Darren Oakley-Martin & Katie Fuller)
Tuesday, 15th August
  • Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths on Buddleia by Stable Block in evening (IKD, DFD)
  • Hummingbird Hawk-moth on Verbena in Memorial Garden at lunchtime. (Lynn Giddings)
  • Tanner or Sawyer Beetle (Prionus coriarius) – one of our largest UK beetles – on window ledge on Avocet. (Andrew Hay et al.)
Monday, 14th August
  • Ten swifts east over the south of the reserve at 1340hrs, followed by my first (Lodge) lesser black-backed gull of the Autumn north over The Heath. Still seven or eight swifts lingering over the Ivel Valley this afternoon at 1530hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
  • Hummingbird hawkmoth "perched" on wall of Central Services - not seen one sitting before. (Paul Donald)
Sunday, 13th August
  • Painted lady butterfly on lavender at the Gatehouse. (Neil Renwick)
Saturday, 12th August
  • Covey of 11 grey partridge on the borage field at Sandy Heath Quarry, and 2 red-legged partridges on The Lodge heath. Juvenile grey heron at one of the natterjack ponds by the hide on Saturday evening (Neil Renwick)
Friday 11th August
  • A single common crossbill 'gipped' across the Osprey Building carpark at 1715hrs. (Darren Oakley-Martin)
Tuesday, 8th August
  • Wood mouse in woods n.e. of garden; Southern Hawker seems to have taken over the Emperor territory on the fish pool, plus 1 male Small Red-eyed Damselfly still at the east end; Small Copper in garden. (Nigel Willits)
7th/8th August:
  • Butterflies much reduced on buddleias - only a couple of Painted Ladies, mostly Red Admirals & Peacocks, also Hummingbird Hawkmoths. Other moths include Black Arches, Lesser Swallow Prominents, Pine Hawk, Marbled Beauty, Straw Dot, Yellow-tails. Still lots of Silver Ys everywhere. (Nigel Willits)

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