21 Oct 18

Broadcroft Quarry Lane, The Cuttings, Rufus Castle, St Andrews Church and Penns Wood

Another very warm Autumn day, with little wind and cloudless skies. The lane was quiet again with just 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbirds and 2 Chiffchaffs. Overhead 5 Chaffinches and a Siskin.

From The Cuttings there were 2 Chiffchaffs calling from down in Penns Weare, where a small flock of Long-tailed Tits passed through with a Goldcrest following close by. Also here a Clouded Yellow butterfly.

In the grounds of St Andrew's Church just 2 Wall Lizards seen, a Red Admiral on the Ivy and lots of wasps and Common Drone Flies.

Not a lot in Penns Wood either with just a Speckled Wood and a few Harlequin Ladybirds.

Here are a few images from this afternoon:

The local Kestrel over the lower horse paddock........

.........before taking a break.

A Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)


Common Drone Fly

Red Admiral

Pied Hoverfly

A Syrphus hoverfly sp.

Ivy Bee

Ivy Bee

Ivy Bee

Birds Recorded: 1 Cormorant, Buzzard, Kestrel, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch, Linnet, 1 Siskin and Goldfinch.

Butterflies Recorded: 5 Red Admiral, 1 Clouded Yellow, 2 Large White, 3 Speckled Wood.

Also recorded: 2 Wall Lizards, 20+ Ivy Bees, Honey Bees, Buff-tailed Bumblebeewasps sp., Common Drone Flies, Pied Hoverfly and Syrphus hoverfly sp.