Sunday, 26 April 2015

Cwmdu this afternoon

orange tip butterfly

platycherius albimanus hoverfly

gorse pod moth cydia ulicetana
Syrphus torvus even though you cant see the eye hairs on this image


honey bee

eristalis pertinax

eristalis nemorum

OOC, Meare heath and Ham walls, Somerset levels yesterday. PP. MH.

                                Hudsonian godwit and Black tailed godwit.
                                 Hudsonian godwit. The 5th UK record, the first record since 1988.
                                Black tailed godwits.
                                Great white egret.
                                 Glastonbury tor looking Mystical in the mist!
                                 Also seen, Common tern, Marsh harriers, Bittern (3),
                                 Little egret, Swifts, Cuckoo and a Wood warbler was
                                 singing near the car park.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Mynydd bach today.

                                     Reed buntings
                                      Grasshopper warbler.
                                      Also 2 Whitethroat, Cuckoo and a small passage
                                      of House martins.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Abercregan moth light last night.

                                         Oak nycteoline
                                        Yellow barred brindle
                                        Water carpet.
                                        Also 3 Pine beauty and 3 migrant Diamond
                                        back moths.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Cwrt y mwnws farm

A stroll up to the farm this afternoon to see if there were any more hoverflies on the lesser celandine there were a few more melanostoma scalare on show, 1 cheilosia sp and there were still 2 bombylius major feeding there. Also my first damselfly of the year a large red.

myopa buccata fly 
large red damselfly
melanostoma scalare

cheilosia species

Parc slip.

                                      Drake Garganey still on fountain pond this morning.

Maesteg area.


                                         Two male Goshawks fighting overhead yesterday.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Abercregan moth light, Thursday.

                                        Pine beauty
                                        Lunar marbled brown
                                       Red chestnut.
                                       61 moths of 16 species. Not bad for the first
                                       session of the year.


A male pheasant was a surprise in a field at waun y gilfach, also first redstart of the year back at one of the breeding woods in llangynwyd, a visit to one of our tawny owl boxes produced a predated nest with 1 broken egg inside which is a shame

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Maesteg cemetery and cwrt y mwnws farm

bibio johannis a few of these were on the side of track leading up to no 9

my first melanostoma scalare for the year at cwrt y mwnws farm

3 bombylius major 

pyrausta despicata

tachina ursina not a common fly never seen one of these in the valley so this could be the first record for the valley it's a spring fly that is seen in march and april.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Sewage works llangynwyd

Hundreds of platycherius albimanus on the wing today feeding on the lesser celandine in the wooded area just before the sewage works, also double figure eristalis pertinax whizzing about in the sun, 1 syrphus species was on the celandine and i've been waiting to see bombylius major (large bee fly) then 2 turn up same day, no sign of any swallows or sand martins and only 1 blackcap singing which was disappointing considering the warm weather at ty-maens farm. Butterflies were 2 comma a few small tortoiseshell and 5 brimstone, still waiting for willow warbler to make an appearance.

syrphus species

eristalis pertinax

bombylius major

lesser celandine in woods

platycherius albimanus

marsh marigold caltha palustris