Saturday, 30 May 2015

Nantyffyllon this morning.

                                  Several Argyresthia trifasciata flying around a garden
                                  Juniper at dawn. This is the 650th moth species for my
                                  home kilometre square.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Pontrhydyfen this morning.

                                     Tawny owl
                                    Wood warbler.
                                    2 Wood warbler singing, also Bullfinch, Siskin
                                      and Spotted flycatcher.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Black stork over Nantyffyllon.

Mark Hipkin rang me at 13:50 hrs today to alert me of a Black stork he was watching flying east over Bryn. I got up on my kitchen roof and the bird was passing over east, roughly over the elderbush pub. The sun broke through the clouds right behind the bird and I lost it without managing to get a photo and despite a search of the Cwmdu fields by CG and I, the bird was not refound. A Black stork was seen in Pemboke this morning, last seen heading east and another was reported from Abergavenny this evening, probably the same bird.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Llangynwyd moth light last night.

                                       Alder kitten
                                      May highflyer
                                      Broken barred carpet.
                                        95 moths of 30 species in total.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Llangynwyd today.

                                    Dandelion clocks
                                   Micropterix mansuetella - a Glamorgan first!
                                   Micropterix calthella
                                  14 spot ladybird
                                    Welsh poppies.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Nantyffyllon today.

                                  Dingy skipper
                                   Dingy skipper
                                  Ancylis badiana
                                  Endothenia marginana.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Garnwen over the weekend

A churring nightjar this morning was a big surprise also tree pipit garden warbler blackcap willow warbler chiffchaff redpoll and whitethroat all singing along the forestry track plenty of hoverflies on the wing also 
sphaerophoria species
baccha elongata
sphegina species
meliscaeva cinctella
andrena cineraria
helophilus pendulus
Chrysotoxum arcuatum
cheilosia fraterna
dasysyrphus tricinctus
leucozona lucorum unfortunately prey to this misumena vatia spider
cheilosia species
Eristalis pertinax
sericomyia lappona
leucozona lucorum 
eupodes species
neoascia podagrica
syrphus ribesii and rhingia campestris





Friday, 8 May 2015

Parc slip today.

                                     Chocolate tip
                                    Orange tip
                                     Orange tip
                                   Bluebell.

Abercregan moth light last night.

                                      Nut tree tussock
                                    Clouded border
                                   Dark brocade.
                                   Also new for the year were Brown silver lines
                                    and Scalloped hazel.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Out of the area the weekend at the Lake district and Co Durham.

                                      Castlerigg stone circle on a frosty dawn.
                                      Wheatear
                                       Keswick
                                     Red grouse male.
                                      Red grouse female.
                                      Red grouse.
                                       Derwent water
                                        Castlerigg
                                      Golden plover
 
                                      Lake district
                                     Ashness bridge
                                     Castlerigg at sunset.
                                     Birding highlights were 2 Black tern on lake Windemere,
                                     Tree pipit and Redstart at Arness bridge and plenty of
                                     Displaying Snipe, Curlew and Red grouse on the moors
                                     in Co Durham.