June 2013 blog and sightings

A couple of visits later in the month to Daneway Banks NR was very rewarding for insects. Highlight has to be views of the Large Blue but we also saw a late Green Hairstreak, 10 Marbled Whites, Large Skipper, Small Blues and much more.

A nice evening out on the Cotswolds thanks to Rich Taylor. We logged Yellowhammer, four singing Corn Bunting, 5 Yellow Wagtail and more around Tresham and Leighterton. The strips of wildflowers are looking great and will hopefully feed insects and birds over the summer and winter.

Floral Cotswolds

Wildflowers near Tresham, MJMcGill

12 June 2013 After daily song for last four days I believe I have a pair of Greenfinch looking to breed in or near the garden.

11 June 2013 Green Woodpecker in next doors garden per JJS.

9 June 2013 First Speckled Wood in the garden.

7 June 2013 I have a very productive garden for breeding birds thanks to a good planting plan, food and lots of nesting places. The garden has so far this year reared Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, House Sparrow and has Dunnock on eggs. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Raven are regular over flyers and I have seen Kestrel a few times lately. Starlings, Great Tits and Blue Tits have also brought young to the garden. I have seen at least four Large Red Damselfly so far, these remain the only odonata I have noted in my ‘yard’.

BLACKBIRD hunting worms and missing this time.

Blackbird, female hunting worms, 7 June 13, MJMcGill (5) copy Blackbird, female hunting worms, 7 June 13, MJMcGill (3) copy Blackbird, female hunting worms, 7 June 13, MJMcGill (4) copy Blackbird, female hunting worms, 7 June 13, MJMcGill (2) copy

GREAT TIT fledgling- at least three young being fed by a scruffy female and bright neat male, one having a tougher time of it of late.

Great Tit, fledgling, 7 June 13, MJMcGill Great Tit, fledgling, 7 June 13, MJMcGill, 001

STARLING adult and juvenile

Starling, adult, Whitminster, 8 June 2013, MJMcGill Starling juvenile, Whitminster, 8 June 13, MJMcGill

6 June 2013

WREN singing in the garden.

Wren, Whitminster, 6 June 13 (2)_edited-1

4 June 2013 An hour out with Graham along the canal was very pleasant. We  were delighted to see young Redshank and Lapwing plus a hunting Marsh Harrier.


Marsh Harrier, Splatt Bridge, MJMcGill (11)_edited-1 Marsh Harrier, Splatt Bridge, MJMcGill (14)_edited-1

Thanks to Catherine I had an hour spent sitting on the lower slopes of Selsley Common. It was enjoyable for the views, weather and butterflies.  A few Dingy Skippers and Small Blues were on the wing as well as a teneral Common Blue Damselfly.


Small (Little) Blue, Selsley Common, _edited-1 Small (Little) Blue, Selsley Common,  (2)_edited-1


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