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Diary & Latest WILDLIFE Sightings

A diary of Garden Wildlife Sightings and Out And About Wildlife Sightings sighted mainly in North Somerset.

More information about these sightings can be found by using the appropriate Garden Wildlife Sightings or Out And About Wildlife Sightings links.

The information includes images, how often seen, when last seen, where seen (in the case of Out And About Wildlife Sightings ) and notes.

Wildlife seen daily may no-longer be reported in the Diary.

 

 

Diary Entry June 28 Weather 29C, Sunny with strong winds and dry. A very warm visit to Collard Hill, Somerset with a picnic lunch whilst watching Large Blue butterflies.

Butterflies Sighted: Common Blue, Green Veined White, Large Blue, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Small Heath and Small White.

Damselflies Sighted: Common Blue.

Dragonflies Sighted: Emperor and Hairy.

Moths Sighted: Cinnabar and Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Mint Moth and Silver Y.

 

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Diary Entry June 23 Weather 20C, Cloudy with calm winds and light rain. Back to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with a picnic lunch at 30 Acre Hide and a RAF Red Arrows flyover whilst in Lake Hide..

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Hobby, House Martin, Kingfisher, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Raven, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Swallow, Swift, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bitterns heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Meadow Brown, Peacock and Red Admiral.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed, Common Blue, Large Red and Variable.

Dragonflies Sighted: Black Tailed Skimmer, Emperor and Hairy.

 

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Diary Entry June 21 Weather 19C, Sunny periods with scattered clouds, light winds and dry. First visit of 2019  to Stock Hill and Priddy Mineries, Somerset looking for Marbled Whites with a picnic lunch at Mineries Pool whilst observing Downy Emerald Dragonflies and Swallows.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Coot, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Raven, Reed Bunting, Swallow, Willow Warbler, and  Woodpigeon.

Butterflies Sighted: Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Small Skipper and Small White but no Marble White.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Common Blue, Blue Tailed and Large Red.

Dragonflies Sighted: Broad Bodied Chaser, Downy Emerald, Emperor and Four Spotted Chaser.

Moths Sighted: Burnet Companion, Chimney Sweeper, Cinnabar, Five Spot Burnet, Forester and Mother Shipton.

Other Sightings: Common Lizard.

 

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Diary Entry June15 What has happened to the weather? An excess of rain and wind, low day and night time temperatures and very little sun on the garden. To date during June from the 15 rain days I have collected 122.40mm of rain from my garden rain gauge.

 

Have been kept indoors most of this month watching Herring Gulls taking the fish from the garden pond which is only a couple of metres from my patio door.

 

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The only good news this month was the fledging of the Blue Tit chicks from their nest box on the garage wall.

 

Herring Gulls will now be added to my list of garden pests along with Wood Pigeons who damage the fruit and branches from my Apple tree. They also hog and pollute the bird bath.

 

My early start to gardening this year has been a waste of time, the Runner Beans and the Tomatoes are struggling with the unusually low temperatures.

 

Whilst I have been picking Strawberries since the last week in May, June's  poor weather has reduced my anticipated crop size making it very unlikely that there will be any Strawberry Jam this year.

 

 

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Diary Entry May 20 Weather 19C, Sunny with calm winds and dry. Another walk at Blagdon Lake, North Somerset with a picnic lunch at Nempnett Thrubwell overlooking the dam and the lake. The spillway was not running but given the dry spring the water level in the lake was only a surprising half metre below the top of the spillway wall.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird,  Buzzard, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, House Martin, Jackdaw, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Reed Bunting, Robin, Rook, Swallow, Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Common Blue, Green Veined White, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure

 

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Diary Entry May 14 Weather 20C, Sunny with a light breeze and dry. A midday walk around Poets Walk and Clevedon Sea Defences (works completed at the Blind Yeo Outfall) and the Land Yeo.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Linnet, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Merlin, Moorhen, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shelduck, Skylark, Starling, Swallow, Whitethroat, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Common Blue, Green Veined White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Small White and Speckled Wood.

Other Sightings: Grass Carp, Pike, Roach and Rudd.

 

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Diary Entry May12 Weather 17C, Sunny with scattered clouds, calm winds and dry. A visit to Catcott Nature Reserves, Somerset  with a picnic lunch in the Tower Hide.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-Tailed Godwit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Robin, Whitethroat, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bittern and Cuckoo heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, and Large Red.

Dragonflies Sighted: Four Spotted Chaser and Hairy.

Other Sightings: Grass Snake (swimming) and Roe Deer.

 

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Diary Entry April 30 Weather 18C, Cloudy with sunny periods with a light breeze and dry. Another visit to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with another picnic lunch in North Hide.

Birds Sighted: Bittern. Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Hobby, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Reed Bunting, Robin, Swift, Wheatear, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Cuckoo heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White and Speckled Wood.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed, Large Red and Variable.

Dragonflies Sighted: Hairy

Other Sightings: Common Lizard

 

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Diary Entry April 19 Weather 22C, Sunny with scattered clouds, a light breeze and dry.

Our springtime visit to Charterhouse , Blackmoor Reserve and The Forest of Avon, Somerset where Dandelion flowers were gathered for winemaking from the Hazel Manor woodland.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Robin, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.

Other Sightings: Adders (fighting, or mating you decide), Grass Snakes (swimming) and Grey Squirrel.

 

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Diary Entry April 11 Weather 13C, Scattered clouds with sunny periods, light breeze and dry. Another visit to Canada Farm Lake at Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve and Hawk and Owl Trust Somerset with a picnic lunch.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Raven, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Starling, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bitterns heard 'booming'.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Large White, Orange Tip, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

Damselflies Sighted: Large Red.

 

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