Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Cwm Darren Woods

Another bright day but temperatures seem to be dropping only 13c max. 6 Chiffchaff, 2 each of Willow Warbler and Blackcap but none of the big three yet [Redstart, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher] also Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker and a fleeting glimpse of a probable Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Nuthatch and Treecreeper in good numbers also.

Insects included 3 Bee-fly [B. Major], 8 Buff-tailed Bumblebee and a possible Clarke's-mining Bee [one for irecord]. 8 species of hoverfly with 6 early Meliscaeva cinctella being the highlight. No new blooms today.

 Meliscaeva cinctella - 1st of year
 Melanostoma scalare
 Eristalis pertinax
 Bee-fly [B. major]
possible Clarke's-mining Bee [put on irecord] [only got a plausible determination - which means it probably is but the photo doesn't show all defining features]

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