Thursday, 28 April 2016

Chiffchaffs and Chocolate

Quite a bit of insect activity in the park this morning with several Syrphus hoverflies around a Horse Chestnut tree.  Also basking on the leaves was a mining bee I was not sure of but it turns out to be Andrena scotica - the Chocolate Mining Bee! This is my first ever and therefore a new bee for the patch.

Andrena scotica

Syrphus hoverfly

At the station there was a singing Chiffchaff which was good to hear as they seem a little thin on the ground in Monty this spring. This one might stay and breed. Also a Blackcap in song at the station.

Some flowers are now beginning to show - Red Valerian, Ivy-leaved Toadflax and Hogweed all noted this morning.

Ivy-leaved Toadflax

Red Valerian
I'm away for the next 10 days - email me with any sightings!

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