12 Sep 20

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
12-09-20
Magazine Article
Lower Horse Paddock, Higher Horse Paddock, Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve (West and East) and Broadcroft Quarry Lane

Being the weekend and with lots of visitors to the island, Ted and I just kept to our local walk away from the cove. I had hoped there might be a few migrants about, especially Wheatear in the Lower Horse Paddock, I did come across one, but not in the Paddock where they can normally be found, but in the butterfly reserve (east).

Other migrants noted were Skylark, House Martin, Swallow and Siskins. There have been some really numbers of the latter passing up the island in recent day's.

Main highlight today though was finding Ivy Bees in flowering Ivy along the fence line between the Higher Horse Paddock and the butterfly reserve (west). A location where I have never seen them there before.

Another highlight was an unusual one, with 2 Ringlets also in the butterfly reserve (west). This is quite late in the year for this species, but not unheard of.

One thing I did notice today were the number of singing Robins, with a good dozen or so noted along my route. Well I guess Winter is on its way and they are now setting up their over-wintering quarters. The photo of the Starling below is testament to that!!

Here are a few images:

There are still a few Wheatears about. This one was in the Butterfly Reserve.

I know it's Autumn but really, a.................

.............Starling in Winter colours. Quite a stunning looking bird though.

The island is now full of Robin's singing, as they set up their Winter quarters.

A male Common Blue and in good condition. A late emergence.

And the female Common Blue close by.

It was a good day for butterflies. This is a Small Heath

On the Brambles a Red Admiral

Not all butterflies are in good condition. This Meadow Brown is looking a bit battered.

I did come across several Speckled Woods in the reserve, this one though was just behind the Alessandria Hotel.

And a big surprise today was finding 30+ Ivy Bees on the Ivy along this stretch of hedgerow.

A real stunner of a bee and a species that is............

..............solely dependant on Ivy flowers. Hence the reason it is a "seasonal" bee and can only be seen between September and the end of October, maybe the start of November, depending on the amount of Ivy still in flower.

Looks are deceiving. Ted looks fairly close. However........ 

.........he is at the bottom of the "Bump" and heading off without me.

Birds Recorded: Buzzard, Kestrel, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Skylark, House Martin, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, 1 Wheatear, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Siskin and Goldfinch

Reptiles Recorded: Common Lizard

Butterflies Recorded: Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, 2 Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Common Blue

Bees Recorded: Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) and Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae)

Hoverflies Recorded: The Footballer (Helophilus pendulus), Common Dronefly (Eristalis tenax) and Tapered Dronefly (Eristalis pertinax)

Ships Today

I know not what this military ship is. It is certainly small enough for a Patrol Boat or maybe a Frigate.........

...........Unfortunately it wasn't showing up on the Marine Traffic Tracking Site Here.

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On this day..........
2019
Today's Sightings Here

2018
Today's Sightings Here.


2017
Today' Sightings Here.