Friday, 31 March 2017


On the reserve today: 1 Grey Wagtail on brook carrying food - nest with young nearby presumably , 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Common Buzzards being mobbed by 2 Ravens over cutting, 1 Starling over Boiling Wells, 1 singing Blackcap ash wood, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 singing Coal Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 2 copulating Magpies.
Common Buzzard


Lots of insects mainly various Andrena species most of which I can't ID apart from Tawny Mining Bee and Orange-tailed Mining Bee. An expert on Facebook says another bee I saw is Andrena scotica. Hoverflies included Eristalis pertinax, Syrphus, Eupeodes and Platycheirus
Orange-tailed Mining Bee



Eristalis pertinax

Tawny Mining Bee
Andrena scotica

Red Deadnettle, Common Vetch, Cow Parsley and Spanish Bluebell all coming into flower.
Cow Parsley

Red Deadnettle

Away from Narroways, a good swathe of Spanish Bluebell at Hurlingham Road and a singing Chiffchaff nearby.
Spanish Bluebells

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