Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Bank Holiday wanderings

A bit late, but I took a wander round the local area on Monday hoping to catch up with a few migrants. Although damp early on, the settling beds at Parc Taf Bargoed held 4 singing Reed Warblers - my highest number of singing males at this site. The 3 Mute Swans continue their residence as did the Coots whilst a Canada Goose was on a nest - 1st breeding record for the site.

A walk up Craig Fargoed produced the regular Cuckoo, heard but not seen in the gloom, but failed to deliver any Whinchats.

CCF produced 2 singing Wood Warblers, but little else of note.

I did pick up a potential tick in a new hoverfly, Cheilosia bergenstammi, a new woodlouse, which I've been hunting for for a while: Rosy Woodlouse.

                                         Probable Cheilosia bergenstammi

                                          Rosy Woodlouse, Androniscus dentiger

I also took the opportunity to try to get a better photo of the very distinctive, and scarce harvestman, Megabunus diadema
Megabunus diadema - note the spiked "eye turret"


  1. You cannot beat it mart and sometime nice too staying local and keep up the good work .

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