Saturday, 5 August 2017


Sunny periods, showers and thunderstorms, 19°, light to fresh NW.

A day in the garden today and a mixed bag.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden visiting some Buddleia, presumably the same one I saw yesterday evening.

An amazingly agile moth with wing beats up to 80 per second moving from flower spike to flower spike and then disappearing only to return approx. an hour later. It did this several times through the day.

2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, a Coal Tit and several Long-tailed Tit amongst the bird visitors today. A Hobby and Sparrowhawk overhead and 60+ Swift flew south and 30+ House Martin and 20+ Swallow over.

Mammals: Bank Vole.

Dragonflies: 1 Southern Hawker and 2 female Common Darter.

Butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.

Also a Hornet Mimic Hoverfly.

A selection of photos from the garden today (mainly the Hummer).

1 comment:

  1. Your Wood Mouse is a Bank Vole. Two Swifts still at Wallingford church today.