15 Apr 20


Another garden tick and the first for the year as a Tree Pipit flew over the garden at 7:30am this morning.

In the garden later, I had to remove loads of blanket weed which was suffocating the pond. In doing so I came across a Frog, 3 Palmate Newts and Common Darter nymph, which were all returned safely to the pond.

No change in the number of bees in the garden, though I would imagine if it wasn't so windy, there would probably have been more. Still a few Painted Nomad Bees hovering centimeters off the lawn and there is always an Ashy Mining Bee somewhere in the garden. And though not new to the garden list, the Red Mason Bees have moved further down the garden to the pond area.

No butterflies or hoverflies seen today. To cold!!

Here are a few images and a Ted video from today:

Never a good time to clean a pond, but unfortunately the warm weather was not only producing large amounts of Blanket Weed, but I was also having to top up the pond with rain water, which is rapidly running out in the water butts. Hopefully some rain this weekend.

Still it was great to see a few Palmate Newts in the pond.

In fact I have only ever seen one before. So having three must be a good sign that the pond is to their liking.

For the second year running there are nymphs of the Common Darter lurking in the pond. I've yet to see an adult emerge though.

The "Portland" Lighthouse attracted this Red Mason Bee to its light!!

And the ever present Ashy Mining Bee

A Painted Nomad Bee arriving at a burrow.

In it goes and then..........

......off it goes. Not sure if its the nomad's nest or what!!

And a Brachycoma devia fly

And a few Ted photos.

It's not often he sits. Most times its this............

.........the Bichon Buzz.

Garden Birds, Invertebrates and other wildlife
(24 Mar - Present Day)

Mammals Recorded: Evidence of a Hedgehog

Birds Recorded: Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, SwallowTree PipitMeadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Total 38

Amphibians Recorded: Common Frog, Palmate Newts

Dragonflies and Damselflies Recorded: Nymph (Common Darter)

Butterflies RecordedPeacockRed AdmiralOrange-tipSmall White and a Large White Butterfly

Moths Recorded: Early Grey (Xylocampa areola), Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi), Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) and the caterpillars of the Brown-tail Moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)
Bees RecordedHoney Bees (Apis mellifera), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius), White-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum), Bronze Furrow Bee (Halictus tumulorum), Yellow-legged Mining Bees (Andrena flavipe), Red Mason Bee (Osmia bicornis), Fabricius' Nomad Bee (Nomada fabriciana), Painted Nomad Bee (Nomada fucata), Lathbury's Nomad Bee (Nomada lathburiana)

Wasps and Ichneumon Wasps RecordedParasitic Wasp (Ichneumon stramentor), Possible Sapyga quinquepunctata

Hoverflies RecordedCommon Dronefly (Eristalis tenax), Tapered Dronefly (Eristalis pertinax), Migrant Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis), Dead Head Hoverfly (Myathropa florea), Eumerus ornatus and Syrphus sp. 

Flies, Craneflies, Gnats and Midges Recorded: Common Fruit Fly (Tephritis bardanae), Moth Fly (Tonnoiriella pulchra), Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana), Possible Root-maggot Fly (Delia radicum)

Bugs and Beetles Recorded7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata), Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina), Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum), Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus)

Slugs and Snails Recorded: White-lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis), Girdled Snail (Hygromia cinctella), Garden Snail (Cornu aspersa)

Spiders RecordedSun-jumper (Heliophanus sp.), Crab Spider (Xysticus ulmi)

Woodlice Crustaceans RecordedPorcellio spinicornisWoodlouse sp

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

Today's Sightings Here.