25-30th May 2017

Eds: With apologies for the lack of daily postings again - I've been away over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The few avian highlights over the last few days have included a Cormorant over BW on Friday and a Hobby over BW on Saturday, followed by a Red Kite, a Canada Goose, 40 Swifts and two Swallows over BW today. Two Lesser Whitethroats and four Garden Warblers have been singing.

In a fairly busy week for other wildlife, 16 species of butterfly have been recorded, included Dingy Skippers (with a high of 11 on Friday), Grizzled Skippers, Green Hairstreaks, Small Heaths, Small Coppers, Brown Argus and a scattering of Common Blues. 27th was fruitful for odonata in the BW sector, with a Broad-bodied Chaser seen along with Common Blue, Azure and Large Red Damselfly. Burnet Companion moths emerged from Friday, Silver-Ys have been seen and Common Spotted Orchids are now on show.

Garden Warbler at BW on Friday
Common Blues mating at BW on Friday

Paul Goodman (photos), Duncan Jennings, Ian Pratley, Janice Pratley, Ian Ward and Woodchips