6 May 18


This afternoon it was back out in the garden to make the most of the glorious sun. Still lots of bees about with Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis) and Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa). Plus some new ones for Portland, Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), Mining Bee (Andrena scotica) and a Leafcutter Bee (Megachile willughbiella).

Common Wasp was interested in the garden shed and after 4 attempts made its way through a gap at the top of the door. Also new to the garden was a Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans). There are plenty of these in Pennsylvania Castle Wood, but this is the first one I've seen in the garden.

A Speckled Wood was also a garden first this year, as was a male Orange-tip. Other butterflies recorded were a Large White and Small White.

On the bird front I had my first Greenfinch on this side of the street in Wakeham, all the others have been behind the houses opposite around Perryfields Butterfly reserve. Today's newbie was a female.

A male Chaffinch

And again.

A male House Sparrow

A Goldfinch.

And another

A Common Wasp.........

.......makes its way into the garden shed.

Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans)

Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis) sadly this one and............

.......this one are all carrying parasites. Red Mason Bees are very efficient at pollinating fruit trees are sometimes introduced to orchards. This one is on the Cherry tree.
This is a Mining Bee (Andrena scotica)......

........and was a new one for me on Portland.

Here's another new one for me a Leafcutter Bee (Megachile willughbiella)

This is an Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa).......

........which was spending a considerable amount of time running about in the grass.

Another new one a Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)

And another newbie, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

Honey Bee

Birds recorded from the back garden were: Buzzard, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, 1 Robin, Blackbird, 1 Willow Warbler singing, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch and 1 Greenfinch.

Early this morning and plenty of activity in the back garden with the tadpoles growing bigger everyday in the garden pond, a few bees and a new hoverfly for my Portland List, a Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta).

I also recorded 2 Gooden's Nomad Bees (Nomada goodeniana), a possible male Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens) and several mining bees which I will have to ID.

The tadpoles are doing well in the garden pond.

This is very tiny bee is...........

........... a Southern Bronze Furrow Bee (Halictus tumulorum)

I think this is a male Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens). However the abdomen should be bronze, so I might have to seek advice on this one.

A new species of hoverfly for me a Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)

Gooden's Nomad Bees (Nomada goodeniana)

Bees Recorded today:
Gooden's Nomad Bees (Nomada goodeniana)
Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens)
Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)
Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
Early Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa)
Leafcutter Bee (Megachile willughbiella)
Mining Bee (Andrena scotica)
Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis)
Southern Bronze Furrow Bee (Halictus tumulorum)

Long Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)
Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans)


Dropped into Ferrybridge late morning to see if there was anything about. The Little Terns were very active across The Fleet, whilst a few Sandwich Terns were close to the bank I was on. Also about a few Herring Gulls and a very tatty Peacock butterfly.

Here are a few images.

A pair of Sandwich Terns on the moorings.

A rather splendid looking adult Herring Gull.

And on the other hand a very tatty Peacock

Tiki still bobbing about in the Fleet.

The Fleet Explorer sets sail. More on this shallow drafted boat Here.