Monday 6 April 2020

COVID19 List - days 13 to 17

Monday 30th March 2020

173. Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo - one flew over as I left the house for the morning dog-walk. Only my second record from the garden, so a lucky one to add.

174. Carrion Crow Corvus corone - overlooked until now

175. Common Flower Bug Anthocoris nemorum - very common bug encountered in the front garden

176. [A leaf beetle] Oulema duftschmidi - striking small colourful beetle, found resting on the front door. This species requires the most minute examination to rule out the similar O. melanopus.

177. [A hoverfly] Melanostoma scalare - a common small hoverfly with black face, yellow abdomen spots, long abdominal segments.

Tuesday 31st March 2020

178. Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus - seen on the common from the house. My own rules allow birds and mammals seen 'from' the garden (not just in it) so on this goes. Additionally, the cat has brought several back recently also...

179. Herring Gull Larus argentatus - a pair flew along the common this morning

180. Rook Corvus frugilegus - realised I could see/hear birds nesting 500m down the common.

181. Magpie Pica pica - another belated addition of a very obvious species.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

182. Nuthatch Sitta europaea - a very surprising sighting of one hopping around on our patio whilst I was doing a video-chat with a colleague. They are resident at the other end of the village where the trees are older, but pretty scarce with us.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

183. Sticky Mouse-ear Cerastium glomeratum - a common but easily overlooked roadside plant, this on the verge

184. Common Chickweed Stellaria media - another extremely common small plant, with notable single row of hairs along the stem.

185. [A leaf beetle] Longitarsus dorsalis - tiny beetle snapped on the front verge and identified with pointers from others online. Several more seen in back garden a few days later. Should be sought under ragwort leaves.

186. [A leaf-mining fly] Cerodontha iridis - mines made by the larvae of this fly are often very evident in the leaves of Stinking Iris, as in the garden at the moment.

187. [A tick] Ixodes ricinus - taken from the cat's ear, fully keyed

188. Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus humator - large black beetle found (as usual) at moth-trap light tonight.

Friday 3rd April 2020

189. Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla - first one back in the garden this spring, this species will now be a major component of garden birdsong for months. Suspected to nest most years.

190. Brindled Flat-body Agonopterix arenella - a common over-wintering moth, often found at lit windows (as tonight) or disturbed from our log pile.