Saturday, 14 May 2016

Garnwen today

Lots of birds about in the clear-fell, forestry and moorland and included 4 Whitethroat, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff all singing. As well as 1 pair of Crossbill and 2 pairs of Siskin.

9 species of hoverfly with best being Parasyrphus malinellus [new for me] and first of year Sericomyia silentis a real behemoth of the hoverfly world.

Green-veined White butterflies were much in evidence as this moorland is one of its stronghold and is plastered with its food-plant - Cuckoo Flower, although I photographed one unusually on Dandelion.

Other insects included Green Tiger Beetle, White-tailed Bumblebee and Buff-tailed Bumblebee.

First blooms of the year were - Common Milkwort, Bilberry, Ground Ivy, Larch, Horse Chestnut, Alder, Sycamore, Hazel, Norway Spruce, Wood Forget-me-not and Columbine (which was probably an escape as it was almost white).

 Green-veined White
 Parasyrphus malinellus
Sericomyia silentis

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