24 Mar 20


This morning was my one and only time out today and the rest of the day was spent in the back garden mowing the lawn and sewing Marrow, Courgette and Sunflower seeds.

There was lots of wildlife about and quite a few birds noted, with the following birds seen Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

No butterflies about, but there were quite a few bee species in the garden with Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), 1 Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum). And hopefully I have ID'd these correctly 1 Southern Bronze Furrow Bee (Halictus tumulorum) and 5 Mining Bee (Andrena scotica)

A first for me on Portland was a Parasitic Wasp, Ichneumon stramentor, which landed very briefly on the garden wall.

Two Hoverflies seen a Common Dronefly and a Syrphus sp.

A Common Green Shieldbug was the only bug seen and was climbing along the garden shed.

Here are a few images from today:

Just a small section of the back garden, which was teaming with insects.

Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)

This very small Bumblebee on the Lavender is most likely a White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum)

A very tiny Mining Bee which...............

............looks like one I have recorded in the garden before, a Southern Bronze Furrow Bee (Halictus tumulorum)

There were at least 5 of these Mining Bees.........

.............I believe they are Andrena scotica

This is an Ichneumon stramentor and a first for me on Portland. More on this parasitic wasp Here.

A Syrphus sp. hoverfly.

7-spot Ladybird

A Common Green Shieldbug

And a very weedy pond, where I cleared a small area and a Frog popped up.


This morning as I was waited 40 minutes outside the local Chemist to pick up a prescription (only 2 people allowed inside at a time), I had plenty of time to do a bit of birdwatching.

One of the Evergreen Trees in Easton Gardens was a real magnet for the birds with Goldfinch, Chaffinch and a real surprise a Firecrest.

Overhead were the usual Herring Gulls and Feral Pigeons, plus a Sparrowhawk which was gliding about in a tight circle before swooping down and disappearing behind the local buildings.

On this day..........
Today's Sightings Here.

Today's Sightings Here.