10 Jul 18


Another hot day, though it did start of cloudy. By late afternoon though, the clouds had dispersed and the temperature rose to 27°C in the shade.

I was busy repairing my Kayak, so most of the day was spent in the back garden. Main highlight was a brief, and I mean brief visit of a Humming-bird Hawk-moth. If you blinked you would have missed it. It shot into the garden, up to a Valerian and within seconds was gone.

Another moth in the garden was Silver Y. I say garden it was actually inside the Kayak!

Other visitors to the garden were just 2 Large Whites, a single Small White and a Gatekeeper.

Quite a few hoverflies with Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus), Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax), Pied Hoverfly (Scaeva pyrastri) and a Syrphus sp.

Also a Small Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum), Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and Red-tailed Cuckoo-bee (Bombus rupestris). The latter still in and out of their nest in the Courtyard.

Along with bees and hoverflies thee were two wasps buzzing about a Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and if I've got this right an European Paper Wasp (Polistes Dominula) which landed on the Cherry tree.

On the bird front, the resident Herring Gulls, Bo and her mate are busy feeding junior, who has now found his wings and roof hopping in the neighbourhood. Also about a Buzzard which was a Buzzard, but an odd looking one!

Here are a few photos.

The local Wood Pigeon.......

......which was a bit boss-eyed! Either that or it was not impressed by me photographing it.

A Buzzard being mobbed by a local Herring Gull.

The lack of a "head" showing, gives the appearance that this bird has long wings with a narrow tail. Almost vulture-like!

The Silver Y, which was taking refuge in my Kayak.

Several Marmalade hoverflies in the garden.......

.....with many perched.

However I did attempt to capture a few in flight.

Rear end.

Side profile

And rear end again. Didn't have a single one head on and I couldn't move round as I would have been looking into the sun. Next time maybe.

And if I've got this right this is a European Paper Wasp, Polistes Dominula. More on this Wasp Here.

Syrphus sp

A Common Carder Bumblebee comes into land on the Blackberry flowers and newly developed berries.

A Garden Spider.