Monthly Archives: May 2012

Old Moor RSPB

What a week I just don’t know where to start it’s been an exitciting week all in all with the week finishing on a high at Old Moor.

The start of the week saw me seeing 3 Common Buzzards, 1 being near where I live then another 2 at my place of work along with a Kingfisher at work and a pair of Grey Wagtails feeding young on the Brook. A Common Whitethroat near where I live was also another highlight.

Butterflies at work have been seen all week with Orange-tip and Small Coppers being seen most days along with Green-veined Whites, Comma, Peacocks and a Common Blue.

Thursday the 24th we were on a late night, very late, at Potteric Carrs Bat night we didn’t hear anything different to what we already know Common Pipistrelle, were the commonest of the night with Soprano Pipistrelles and a Noctule in support. The highlight of the night however was hearing the Bittern booming on several occasions

The Friday (25th) we finished the week at Old Moor RSPB with Damselflies everywhere despite the windy weather we saw Common Blue, Azure, and Large Red Damselflies, there was a report of a 4 Spotted Chaser which we didn’t see. Butterflies once again where still out with us seeing Dinky Skippers, Brimstone, Common Blue, Orange-tip and Holly Blue.

On the bird front at Old Moor at the moment there is Avocet along with chicks , Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and 2 Greenshank.

The excitement at the moment is the ID of a wasp, I am thinking along the lines of an Ancistrocerus wasp either nigricornis or gazella but one of the RSPB staff at Old Moor is thinking along different lines and maybe a Red Data Wasp, but this has to be confirmed, watch this space. Then to finish the day off I found a Large White Butterfly in my back garden
Small Copper

Small Copper

The Wasp in Question
Ancistrocerus nigricornis or gazella

More photos of the Day at My Flickr Site

Old Moor RSPB

Well what a difference a day can make Thursday was beautiful, sunny and warm everything it seemed had come alive, then Friday came, day out, the sun went in, it came cold, we were today going to Old Moor via Broadstones Reservoir area and found several Wheatear coming thru, my hunch was right. We arrived at Old Moor needless to say we didn’t stop long we had dressed apparently for Thursday not Friday Doh!,

The birds were good however and we added a few to the year list, Knot was seen from the wader scrape hide, also from here Avocet (4), Redshank, Lapwing, Dunlin (17), Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Black-headed Gull. Back along Green Lane and a Lesser Whitethroat gave itself away with the familiar ‘rattle’ in its song, that was about it we were cold coffee called

Leighton Moss RSPB

Our weekend visit to Leighton Moss began on Friday the 4th of May we saw about 80 species of birds including Peregrine, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Glossy Ibis, Raven, Marsh Tit, other wildlife included Red Deer, Butterflies and a Common Lizard, for the full story, Photos and B&B details see the TRIPS tab > Leighton Moss