Worcestershire Record No. 22 April 2007 pp. 29-30
JUNE – DECEMBER 2006
Mark & Christine Turner
9th June: Brimstone moth Opisthograptis luteolat) emerged in our Pershore garden.
16th June: Blackbirds catching Garden Chafers Phyllopertha horticola on the wing in our Pershore garden.
19th June: Hummingbird Hawkmoth Macroglossum stellatarum attracted to Honeysuckle hedge at 21.10 hrs in our Pershore garden.
27th June: Pied Wagtails fledged from a neglected window box on a first storey ledge in Pershore High Street.
28th June: Four Turtle Doves were perched together on a telegraph wire at a traditional site off Childswickham Road, Broadway.
9th July: Goldcrest nest blown down from a tall pine tree next to Pershore Abbey during a gale. It measured 3 inches in diameter and was made of small white feathers and grass.
9th July: Fish Hill roadside verges at Broadway included Common Spotted Orchids (going over), Pyramidal Orchids (abundant) and six Bee Orchids (a poor year).
13th July: Male Emperor dragonfly Anax imperator was a new record at Broadway Gravel Pit Local Nature Reserve.
13th July: Garden Tiger moth Arctia caja. A new record at Broadway Gravel Pit Local Nature Reserve.
25th July: Male Emperor still patrolling at Broadway Gravel Pit Local Nature Reserve, also a female Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis, a new record at Broadway Gravel Pit Local Nature Reserve, observed to be ovipositting.
25th July: Painted Lady Cynthia cardui on Crocosmia flower after 21.00 hrs in our Pershore garden.
3rd August: At least two males of the Scarce Chaser dragonfly Libellula fulva often perched openly on riverside vegetation beside River Avon near the railway along from Eckington Bridge.
Photo © Christine Turner
Photo © Christine Turner
Peacock Inachis io sunning on a wall, Broadway Village
26th November: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) sunning on a fence panel at Kemerton.
2nd December: Massive Starling flock wheeling over Kemerton Lake pre roost at 16.00 hrs. Tens if not hundreds of thousands strong,
22nd December: Two Wood Pigeons on telegraph wire over our Kemerton garden at 09.00 hrs were engaged in a courtship ritual followed by mating. This was followed by mutual preening of each other’s head and neck.
28th December: An unusual Ladybird found inside our main bedroom window at Kemerton measured 8 mm long, was black with four red spots (the two front ones being larger) and two large white spots on the thorax. On the underside was a red horseshoe border at the tail end. Sadly I lost the specimen but was able to identify it as the spectabilis form of Harlequin Ladybird from the Harlequin Survey website.
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