My first Large Skipper in the garden today. Unfortunately it didn't stop long as the flowers on Buddleia haven't quite opened up yet and there are only one or two flower heads showing on the Purple Loosestrife. Also a Small Tortoishell. A couple of birds not seen for awhile were a Collared Dove and Grey Wagtail. Overhead this evening 3 Swifts. (Martin Adlam)
A Red Kite over Cricklade town centre at 9:30am this morning. (Jon Mercer)
At 11:30am the alarm calls of Swallows alerted me to a superb Hobby over the garden which drifted off west, mobbed by Swallows, Martins and Swifts. (Jon Mercer)
This evening between 9:25pm and 11:10pm we had a brief sighting of a Nightjar and then a little later one started churring. Also 2 adult and at least 3 young Tawny Owls calling. A few bats with a couple that were quite large with broad-wings, and were very close to us. Of the 3 large UK bats (Serotine, Greater Horseshoe and Noctule Bat) the Serotine has the broadest-wings, which these certainly had. Also seen a Hare, Rabbit, a deer, Cockchafers (part of the diet of a Serotine bat), 100's of moths, several Bumblebees (even at 10:45pm) and the finale was a Glow-worm. More on Malcolm's Blog Here. (Martin Adlam and Malcolm Royal)
My effort wasn't that brilliant I know so here is a recording of one that has the wing clap,call and song.
More on Glow-worms Here
More on Serotine Bat Here.
There are still a few Honey Bees in our garden from yesterdays swarm, but the majority have stayed in our neighbours’ hive and they are really happy about that.
This morning we discovered a Flesh Fly, Sarcopharga carnaria in the garden. The description in our little book (Collins Complete British Wildlife) says:
Common and widespread. Adult has greyish body but with chequered markings on abdomen; eyes red and feet proportionately large. Attracted to carrion and carcasses on which female gives birth to live young. Seldom ventures indoors. (Maureen Iles)
Flesh Fly. (Maureen Iles)
We had a late evening visit to Pentylands, with the highlights being a Little Owl sat in a tree and a Hobby that flew past us so quickly we were unable to photograph it. Also seen, Dunnocks, Yellowhammers, Greenfinch, Swifts, Goldfinch, House Martins and several others. (Neil George)
Little Owl (Neil George)
Little Owl (Neil George)
Robin still feeding from lawn at 10:15pm, using light from kitchen! (Felicity Cobb)
CWP Pit 301
We had a walk in the Water Park today. It was hot! A pleasant surprise was the Orchids at CWP 301 which we hadn't seen there before. One came complete with a Dragonfly. Good to see a number of broods of young birds on the water and a Redshank at CWP Pit 200 Kent End Farm Quarry. All our sightings are on the CWP Blog. (Trevor & Sue Clayson)
Orchids (Sue Clayson)
Dragonfly (Sue Clayson)
Great Spotted Woodpecker on our neighbours feeder. (Bob Shiret)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Bob Shiret)