28 Apr 18

Bumpers Lane, Rufus Castle, St Andrew's Church and Pennsylvania Castle Wood

After yesterday's wet but very productive day, it was off down Bumpers Lane and onto Pennsylvania Castle Wood via St Andrews Church to see if anything stayed on from yesterday.

Along Bumpers Lane a male Common Whitethroat was singing from a Bramble Bush and as I walked past it so 4 Swallows flew over my head. Down the steps from Rufus Castle a Chiffchaff was calling and a Garden Warbler was in the Brambles on my left.

There was a single Chiffchaff in the grounds of St Andrews Church and then the main highlight of my walk a Spotted Flycatcher in Pennsylvania Castle Wood. Also here a male Blackcap singing and a female close-by, plus 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs all singing.

Here are a few images:

Common Whitethroat along Bumpers Lane

The female Blackcap in Pennsylvania Castle Wood.

Same bird feeding in amongst the Sycamore

A Dead Head Fly - Myathropa florea

Hoverfly - Epistrophe eligans

Drone Fly - Eristalis abusivus

A male Hairy-footed Flower Bee - Anthophora plumipes

And the female Hairy-footed Flower Bee

This is a Celery fly...........

........Euleia heraclei..........

...........an unusual looking fly.

A short video the Celery Fly. More on this fly Here.

Birds recorded: 1 Buzzard, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 4 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet and Goldfinch.

Also seen - Celery fly (Euleia heraclei), both male and female Hairy-footed Flower Bees, Drone Fly (Eristalis abusivus), Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) and a Dead Head Fly (Myathropa florea)

Ships Today

This is Talia a Vehicles Carrier flying the flag of the Bahamas on its way from Antwerp, Holland to Savona in Italy. More on this vessel Here. The vessel in front is the Border Force Patrol Boat.