Posts Tagged ‘Buff-tailed Bumblebee’

It may be cold outside but before long spring will be here, with all the delights it brings.

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Buff-tailed Bumblebee
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Speckled Wood
Blue-tailed Damselfly

The snows of the weekend have vanished and it is something like spring weather again! So week 3 of the invertebrate surveys around the Tarn. I was fortunate to find 2 Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees. They are usually very active at this time as they search for places to make their nests, but one was so busy exploring a potential site that it allowed me to get some photos.

 

I had not seen the Grey Wagtail in the garden recently but I found one by the Tarn

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As I approached the eastern end an adult Grey Heron took to flight but I was surprised to find a juvenile fishing near the reed-bed.

Tufted Duck (Top) Greylag Geese (bottom left) and Eurasian Coot (bottom right)

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Rock Dove [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)

Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)

I decided to make a diversion on the way back home from the town centre and have a look around the gardens of Eltham Palace. This can be a very good place for insects in the summer months despite its busyness as a tourist attraction.

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There were plenty of Gatekeepers on the grass meadow along with a few meadow Browns and a couple of small white butterflies. A dragonfly flew by (either Southern or Migrant Hawker) but I was not able to see it well enough to confirm its identity

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

In the flower margins I found a Mint Moth and a large Buff-tailed Bumblebee (might well be a Queen judging by size and amount of buff in tail).

Mint Moth

Mint Moth

Buff-tailed bumblebee

Buff-tailed bumblebee

I finished my walk by the moat, where there are some lily pads to see if there where any damselflies present. It was a surprise to find half a dozen Red-eyed damselflies, which I have not recorded her before. Later closer examination of photos showed that these were in fact Small Red-eyed damselfly, which makes this the 3rd site in Greenwich borough I have recorded for this species.

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Small Red-eyed Damselfly

Small Red-eyed Damselfly

This species is a recent newcomer to the UK being first recorded in SE England in 1999. It has now spread and is found from Devon in the west, through the midlands and up as far as Yorkshire in the north. However in recent years its spread has slowed down and it does not seem to be spreading much beyond this region.

An excellent hours diversion which just shows that you dont have to travel far to observe interesting wildlife.