Archive for April 8, 2015

A sunny warm afternoon for my weekly survey walk on the patch. Expectations high for some butterflies and other insects especially as I had seen an Orange-Tip butterfly whilst in Bromley earlier in the day.


Geese were present in good numbers and appeared to have settled disputes over territory (at least for the time being) with pairs of Greylag and Canada spaced around the edge of the Tarn and on the islands. At the golf course end my gaze was drawn to some geese at the far end of the Tarn, even more so when one flashed it wings and showed a huge patch of white. Through the binoculars I could make out that two of them were in fact Egyptian Geese (my first record here in 15 years).

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

There are two particularly good areas for insects on the walk and the first didn’t disappoint with 2 Common Carder-Bees and a Red-tailed Bee, but no butterflies.

,Common Carder Bee. Bombus pascorum. Queen
Common Carder Bee
Photo by Gail Hampshire (

IMG_2067 Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius)
Red-tailed Bee
Photo by Tony Morris (

The area around the damsel-fly pool also had a Red-tailed Bee. I lingered here as this is the prime spot for Orange-Tip on the site but still no sightings. Checking my records for last year the first was seen on April 1st so despite the mild winter things seem to be lingering no doubt because it has been quite cool until this week.

The addition of the Egyptian goose brings my site total to 67 species

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)

Common Carder Bee
Red-tailed Bee