Me & Dad went for a walk around Chipping Sodbury Common. A few Painted Lady Butterflies were on the wing. A Juvenile/Female & Male Common Redstarts were still present but very mobile.
Common Redstart [Male]
Moth Trap, Old Sodbury 7th August 2022
In the Moth Trap for this day were Willow Beauty, Dusky Thorn, Straw Underwing, Dingy Footman, Flounced Rustic, Lesser Broad-boarded Yellow Underwing, Common Footman, Large Yellow Underwing, Pebble Hook-tip, Shaded Broad-bar, Dark Arches, Magpie Moth, Red Twin-spot Carpet & Vine's Rustic.
Lesser Broad-borderded Yellow Underwing
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Latteridge 8th August 2022
While I was working at Organic Blooms I photographed a Brown Argus, Common Blue & Jersey Tiger Moth.
Jersey Tiger Moth
Common Blue [Male]
Yate 10th August 2022
A Female Southern Hawker paid a flying visit to our garden late afternoon/early evening.
Moth Trap, Yate 13th August 2022
The Moths seen on this day were Lime-speck Pug, Brimstone Moth, Dusky Thorn, Common Grass-veneer, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Straw Underwing, Double-striped Pug, Small Grey, Common Swift, Large Yellow Underwing, Square-spot Rustic, Common Rustic agg, Dark Arches, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Willow Beauty, Straw Grass-veneer, Common Yellow Counch & Grey Knot-horn.
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Common Yellow Counch
Moth Trap, Old Sodbury 14th August 2022
Moths seen on this day were Large Yellow Underwings, Common Wainscots, Flame Shoulders, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Poplar Hawk-moth, Straw Dot, Straw Underwing, Common Rustic agg, Mother of Pearl, Dusky Thorn, Dingy Footman, Light Brown Apple Moth, Chequered Fruit Tree Tortrix, Common Plume, Lime-speck Pug, Magpie Moth & Gold Spot. Plus also a couple of Red-legged Shieldbugs.
Setaceous Hebrew Character
Common Rustic agg
Large Yellow Underwing
Mother of Pearl
Moth Trap, Yate 21st August 2022
The Moths seen on this day were Light Brown Apple Moth, Willow Beauty, Straw Underwing, Common Wainscot, Square-spot Rustic, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Vine's Rustic, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Brimstone Moth, Small Dusky Wave & a very worn Yellow Straw.
Light Brown Apple Moth
Latteridge 23rd August 2022
While I was at Organic Blooms I photographed the Jersey Tiger Moth.
Moth Trap, Old Sodbury & CS Common 29th August 2022
Moths seen on this day were Light Emeralds, Common Marbled Carpet, Angle Shades, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Straw Underwing, Lime-speck Pug, Centre-barred Sallows, The Spectacle, Setaceous Hebrew Characters, Large Yellow Underwings & Pale Eggar. Plus a Orange-brown Darwin Wasp [Ophion scutellaris].
In the evening, me & Dad popped up to Chipping Sodbury Common to see the Steppe Grey Shrike, which showed very well at a distance. It remained in the the area until dusk & was not seen the following day.
Common Marbled Carpet
Orange-brown Darwin Wasp
Steppe Grey Shrike [1st Winter Female]
Chipping Sodbury & Yate 2nd September 2022
We made another visit to Chipping Sodbury Common in the late morning. Two Juveniles Northern Wheatears showed fairly well. A few Small Heaths were still on the wing. At least 7 Yellow Wagtails were feeding amongst the cattle in the long grass, but were easy to see in flight.
In our garden was a Speckled Bush Cricket.
Northern Wheatear [Juvenile]
Yellow Wagtail [Female]
Speckled Bush Cricket
Devon 3rd September 2022
We went to Dawlish Warren to see 70000 Britannia on the English Riveria Express from Crewe-Kingswear & back. Britannia took charge from Norton Frizwarren for the journey southwards & made an excellent departure from the station and around Langstone Rock. 47614 provided some rear assistance.
While we were in the area, we went to look for some Autumn Ladies Tresses & there were a few about, although mostly gone over. A quick stop was made at Powderham to see the Fallow Deer, which were in the Deer Park. We headed over the other side of the Exe Estuary to Bowling Green Marsh RSPB in Topsham. A Common Sandpiper was seen in front of the hide. Also were Common Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwits, Little Egrets & Shovelers. We then headed to nearby Exton, where the Osprey was still perched on it's favourite post. More Black-tailed Godwits were seen with Oystercatchers & a Curlew. In the evening, we headed to Exminster Marshes RSPB to see 70000 & the class 47 heading back north towards Exeter. Britannia worked as far as Taunton, where 47593 Galloway Princess took over for the run back to Crewe.
70000 Britannia at Dawlish Warren
Autumn Ladies Tresses
Fallow Deer [Female]
Fallow Deer [Male]
Common Sandpiper [Adult Winter]
Black-tailed Godwit [1st Winter]
Yate 5th September 2022
During the morning, we had an Elephant Hawk-moth Caterpillar feeding in our garden.
Latteridge 6th September 2022
While I was working at Organic Blooms I photographed was a Small Copper, Robin & Common Green Shieldbug.
Common Green Shieldbug
Cleeve Hill/Common 7th September 2022
We went to Cleeve Hill & Common to see the Eurasian Dotterel. The Moulting Adult & Juvenile had been present in the area since 5th September & continued to show well. They remained present the following day & were joined by a 3rd bird. All birds stayed until at least 9th September. A caterpillar of a Fox Moth was spotted crossing the path. Also saw a Brown Hare in one of the fields early evening.