Sunday, 11 June 2017

weekend wanderings

An early start yesterday, to beat the dog walkers, to do my WeBS at Parc Taf Bargoed. Little of note on the water, though the Canada Geese have moved on - not sure what happened to the pair sitting on eggs.
The reed beds between the lakes and the climbing centre had at least 7, possibly 8, singing Reed Warblers - a site record - The previous max was 3 pairs last year - looks like it could be a bumper season for them here.

On the walk home I noticed a large moth resting on a fence. A quick photo, before it took off.
                                                      Mottled Beauty

After a lazy morning today, I wandered round Coed Cefn Fforest for a couple of hours. Both Wood Warblers were still holding territory whilst just a single Spot' Fly' was noted. A pair of Redstart scolded me, highly suggestive of a nest nearby.

Out on the bog at the top end, a Fitillary grabbed my attention. Three were feeding on Marsh Thistles, in an area out of bounds. Further hunting revealed 5 in the area I can access.
                                         Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

The walk home focused on insects, etc. One of the species I was particularly looking for is one of my favourite beetles, the Hazel Leaf-roller Weevil Apoderus coryli
                                          Hazel Leaf-roller Weevil

One of the more unusually coloured insects found was an early instar of the leaf hopper Evacanthus interuptus. a tiny pink and white, candy striped bug.
                                          Evacanthus interuptus