Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Swallow Hirundo rustica

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Canon EOS 500D EF 18-55mm/70-300mm IS USM

Monday, April 25, 2011

Little Egret

This was all I had to show for yet another failed attempt to see Pied Flycatcher in the area, this time at Maxey GP.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Canon EOS 500D EF 18-55mm/70-300mm IS USM

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hawthorn Shieldbug studies

Post hibernation adult in the garden today.

Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

Canon Powershot A640

Semioscopis steinkellneriana

Ran the moth trap for the past few nights and recorded the following:
0667 Semioscopis steinkellneriana (new for the garden last night)
0870x Oegoconia sp.
0893 Mompha epilobiella
0974 Argyrotaenia ljungiana
1288 Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla)
1724 Red Twin-spot Carpet (Xanthorhoe spadicearia)
2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)
2007 Swallow Prominent (Pheosia tremula)
2019 Chocolate-tip (Clostera curtula)
2063 Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica)
2092 Shuttle-shaped Dart (Agrotis puta)
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica)

Semioscopis steinkellneriana

Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma

Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula

Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica

Canon Powershot A640

Friday, April 22, 2011

Zebra Finch

A spate of escaped birds showing up at the moment. As well as this Australian cagebird there is a pair of exotic quails doing the rounds of Elton gardens at the moment.

Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata

Canon EOS 500D EF 18-55mm/70-300mm IS USM

Jardin des Plantes

A hot day in Paris but the cutest Red Pandas in the Menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes.

Red Pandas Ailurus fulgens

Le Frog! Either Pool or Edible Frog Rana lessonae/esculenta

Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Canon EOS 500D EF 18-55mm/70-300mm IS USM

Capri Wildlife

An overland trip to Sorrento and Capri last week was superb. The bulk of the wildlife interest was on Capri, although Pompei and Herculaneum produced some passing bird interest in the shape of the odd Hoopoe, a surprising number of Tree Sparrows (as well as the more expected Italian Sparrows) and a Night Heron.

Italian Wall Lizards were just about everywhere. There was a good number of migrant birds on the island: Nightingale, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Cuckoo, Swifts and hirundines.


Italian Wall Lizard Podarcis sicula

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans

Canon EOS 500D EF 18-55mm/70-300mm IS

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Had my first Reed and Grasshopper Warblers of the year this morning and yet another Wheatear. This male was on Beeby's BP.

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Canon EOD 500D, EF 70-300mm IS USM

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend birding

A lot of cycling this weekend. On Saturday morning I went to Caldecote to try for the Ring Ouzel but only saw a brief Wheatear and some confiding Yellowhammers. Saturday was a long ride to the end of the Central Drove and back.

Masses of raptors about on both days with up to 3 Red Kites together and 8 Common Buzzards in one go over Elton.

Sunrise over Chesterton on Sunday morning

Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella, Caldecote

Red Kite Milvus milvus, Elton

Canon EOD 500D, EF 70-300mm IS USM

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Spring Collection

Bedford Purlieus was modelling some of this seasons new looks today.

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa

Primrose Primula vulgaris

Lesser celandine Ranunculus ficaria

Canon EOD 500D, EF 70-300mm IS USM


Hardly any moths last night but this was among them. A garden first.

Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia, female

Canon Powershot A640

Monday, April 04, 2011

Mothering Sunday

Spent the weekend with Mum in Hampshire where the feeding station was bristling with birds, among them a male Reed Bunting and a Marsh Tit. I also did a bit of mothing and caught the following fairly standard set for the time of year:
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 3
1852 Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) 1
1906 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) 1
1930 Oak Beauty (Biston strataria) 1
2182 Small Quaker (Orthosia cruda) 1
2187 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi) 7
2188 Clouded Drab (Orthosia incerta) 5
2189 Twin-spotted Quaker (Orthosia munda) 1
2190 Hebrew Character (Orthosia gothica) 5
2243 Early Grey (Xylocampa areola) 1
2258 The Chestnut (Conistra vaccinii) 1

Reed Bunting


Canon EOD 500D, EF 70-300mm IS USM