Sightings Diary

May 2012

Private Estate - Dorset

12.05.12 - 15 degrees, sun, light wind

Birds - Blackcaps, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Ravens, Song Thrushes, Swallows, Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Jackdaws, Chaffinches, Crows, Woodpigeons, Buzzards, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Starlings, Great Tits, Heron, House Sparrow, Long-tailed Tits, Mistle Thrush.

Wild Flowers - Meadow Buttercups, Ground-ivy, Cow Parsley, Germander Speedwell, Red Campion, Comfrey, Daisies, Field Speedwell, Dandelions, Bitter-cress, Bugle, Herb Robert, Cuckooflower, Celandines, Bluebells, Ramsons, White Dead-nettle, Wood Avens, Garlic Mustard, Bush Vetch, Greater Stitchwort, Mouse-ear, Lords and Ladies, Yellow Archangel, Wood Sorrel, Cowslips, Wood Spurge, Sorrel.


Other - 2 Roe Does, Orange-tip Butterflies, Small White Butterfly, Large White Butterfly, Peacock Butterflies, Speckled Wood Butterflies, Large Red Damselflies, Holly Blue Butterflies, Brimstone Butterfly, Craneflies, Brook Lamprey, 7 Spotted Ladybirds.

Roe Doe

Brook Lamprey

Brook Lamprey

Brook Lamprey

Dawlish Warren, Duryard and Exminster Marsh - Devon

13.05.12 - 16 degrees, sun, light wind

Birds - Linnets, Blackcaps, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warblers, Hobby, Wheatears, Kestrel, White Throats, Skylarks, Turnstones, Whimbrel. Nesting Sparrowhawk, House Sparrows, Dunnocks, Chiffchaffs, Blackbirds, Great Tits, Swallows, Swifts, Shelducks, Crows, Magpies, Canada Geese with Goslings, Cormorants.

Canada Goose Goslings





Nesting Sparrowhawk (heavily cropped image)

Wild Flowers - Alexanders, Ground Ivy, Buttercups, Fumitory, Red and White Campion, Hawthorn Blossom, Bush Vetch, Poppies, Winter Cress, Cuckooflower, Garlic Mustard, Trefoil, Red Clover, Dove's-foot Crane's-bill, Sea Spurge, Evening Primrose, Primroses, Scarlet Pimpernel, Field Forget-me-not, Groundsel, Dandelions, Hawkbit, Yellow Iris.

Other - Wall Butterflies, Orange-tip Butterflies, Brimstone Butterfly, Hawker Dragonfly, Large Red Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies

Large Red Damselfly

Duryard, Exeter - Devon

19.05.12 - 15 degrees, cloudy, light wind

Wild Flowers - 1 hour wander with macro lens.

Shining Crane's-bill


Greater Stitchwort

Early Purple Orchid


Dorest Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves - Great day organized by Steve Davis, Thank you

20.05.12 - 17 degrees, cloudy then sun, light wind

General - Sand Lizards, Smooth Snakes, Adder, Slow Worms, Dartford Warbler, Grass Snake, Sika Deer, Poplar Hawkmoth, Four-spotted Chaser, Minotaur Beetle

Male Sand Lizard

Male Sand Lizard

Male Sand Lizard

Male Sand Lizard

Smooth Snake

Four-spotted Chaser

Sika Deer

Sika Deer

River Otter - Devon

26.05.12 - 25 degrees, sun, wind

Birds - Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sand Martins, House Martins, Reed Warbler, Robin, Chiffchaffs, Dunnock, Buzzards, Crows, Woodpigeons, Mallard Ducks, Moorhens, Swifts, Swallows, House Sparrows, young Greater Spotted Woodpeckers.


Reed Warbler

Wild Flowers - Common Water-crowfoot, Hawthorn Blossom, White Dead-nettle, Winter Cress, Meadow Buttercup, Red Campion, Ground Ivy, Plantains, Mouse-ear, Black Medic, Field Speedwell, Germander Speedwell, Comfry, Garlicmustard, Red Clover, Cuckooflower, Green Alkanet, Bitter Cress, Field Pansy, Common Poppy, Pineapple Mayweed, Dove's-foot Cranes-bill, Hogweed, Sorrel, Fumitory, Bluebells, Early Purple Orchid.

Field Pansy

Red Clover

White Dead-nettle

Field Speedwell

Common Water-crowfoot

Other - Banded Demoiselle, Beautiful Demoiselle, Small White Butterfly, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, Hornet, Large Red Damselflies, Minnows, Orange-tip Butterfly, Common Blue Butterfly, Large White Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Broad-bodied Chaser, Peacock Butterfly

Male Broad-bodied Chaser

Beautiful Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle

Coleton Fishacre Area - Devon

27.05.12 - 18 degrees, cloud then sun, light wind

Birds - Peregirine Falcons, Skylarks, Stonechats, Whitethroats, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Gannet, Cirl Bunting, Dunnock, Swallows, Ravens, Whinchat, Herring Gulls, Kittiwake, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Cormorants, Shags, Goldfinches, Pheasants, Buzzards.

Yellow Hammer

Yellow Hammer


Wild Flowers - All above from Otter River walk plus, Honey Suckle, Shining Crane's-bill, Foxgloves, Bittersweet, Fumitory, Oxeye Daisy, Cinquefoil, Kidney Vetch, Sea Campion, Pennywort, Pignut, Gorse Blossom, Elder Flowers, Ramsons, Three-cornered Garlic, Wood Avens, Herb Robert, Primroses, Wild Carrot, Scarlet Pimpernel, Field Scabious, Thrift, Common Milkwort, Common Vetch, English Stonecrop, Forget-me-not, Hawk's-beard.

Honey Suckle


Butterflies - Green Hairstreaks, Common Blues, Small Coppers, Red Admirals, Small Whites, Orange-tips, Small Heaths, Wall Butterflies, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small Skippers.

Common Blue

Small Copper

Green Hairstreak

Green Hairstreak

Wall Butterfly

Small Heath

Other - Atlantic Seal, 3 Dolphins, Conopid Fly,
Oedemera nobilis beetles
, Cockchafer.

Atlantic Seal