Friday, 29 May 2020

Home and Away (Well ... down the track).

Yellow Wagtail

Large Skipper

Common Blue

Yellow Flag

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

Think they used to call it 'Pester Power'.

Ooh and then there were two.

He/She who shouts loudest ...

That'll be me then!

Ooh, ooh then there were three!

Oi, I'm still hungry!

Some of the fledglings just copied the male and picked up their own suet pellets. The female was in the background and never bothered by the fledglings.


Barn Owl

Great to come across a bird unexpectedly. This birds is obviously used to people as joggers, dog walkers and cyclists passed by without it moving far from the path.


Saturday, 23 May 2020


Bramble Sawfly
(Arge cyanocrocea)

Dingy Skipper
(At least 8 at this site.)

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle
(Pyrochroa serraticornis)

Spotted Crane Fly
(Nephrotoma appendiculata)

Peacock Caterpillars

There is a nettle plant under there somewhere.

Fox and Cubs

Large Red Damselfly
(Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

Don't think I've seen this at East Chevington before?

Seven Spot Ladybird (Larva)

Spotted Flycatcher
This found a nice sunny, sheltered area to feed everywhere else was getting battered by the wind today. The walk I normally do over five hours was cut to just three. Not much to see.

Four days in a row I was told about Little Gulls at East Chevington. They had always gone by the time I arrived. So on day five i was delighted to get brief views. In fact after I left it returned. Ha ha... typical. Sorry about rubbish snaps.

Monday, 18 May 2020

A Good Walk

I think this might be Ichneumon stramentor  (female) unfortunately it lacks the bright yellow tibia I would expect to see.

So a good long walk today from home to DBCP via Druridge Pools, the Coal Road and East Chevington. A grey morning always threatening to rain which probably put off many visitors. Very few cars and hardly any cyclists.

oops misidentified

First time I've seen this on the Chevington patch.

Field Woodrush
(Luzula campestris)

Hedge Mustard
(Sisymbrium officinale)

Delighted to come across this Cuckoo. A very early sighting in April now followed by a more usual May bird. This bird might be a young male? There is some brown in the flight feathers. The white blotches in the wings were transformed into a spotty effect when it flew. Anyone else seeing this in the Druridge Bay area will notice its striking appearance when it flies.


(Cynoglossum officinale)

Garden Spider (spiderlings)

(Araneus duiadematus)