Tue 11th August 2015

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Painted Nomad Bee (Nomada fucata)

Painted Nomad Bee (Nomada fucata) - Bordeaux, 21 Jul 15

After a couple of years of hard work, I have finally achieved my goal of 2000 species recorded in Guernsey, and the above creature was the one that pulled me over the mark - rather a splendid creature to do so. Of course, I am not arrogant enough to presume that I have not made any mistakes but, to the best of my abilites, this is the total species I have seen (and if I have got anything wrong, it is obviously the fault of the unclear keys in the literature anyway). I won't go into the full breakdown, but the main groups are : 732 moths, 486 plants, 251 birds and 143 beetles. The most exciting thing though is that there are still plenty more species to find, so onwards to 3000!

Most of July was non-birding but two Bullfinches appeared on the grapevine outside the kitchen window early morning on the 3rd, which was a first for inside the garden. I've had a few fly over before but these were the first to stay. Only in the last few days of the month did autumn creep in, with two Green Sandpipers on Vale Pond on 26th. With the winds WNWerly on 28th I thought I'd try a little seawatching. It's a little too early in the year for big numbers but I was after a rare shearwater perhaps. In the end, I managed 7 Balearics and 3 Manx, along with 2 Bonxies and a few Kittiwakes. On 30th, I went to see the Med Gull roost in Belle Greve Bay and counted 18 birds there. They should build up to more than 50 over the next few weeks.

Mediterranean Gulls and other species - Belle Greve Bay, 30 Jul 15

Adult and juvenile Sandwich Terns - Belle Greve Bay, 30 Jul 15

Bright Wave

Bright Wave - Rousse, 10 Jul 15 - the only new moth species I found in this period was not in the trap but flushed in the field on the grassy dunes at Rousse. This looks good breeding habitat so the species may actually be resident rather than a rare visitor.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk-moth - garden, 11 Jul 15 - really pleased with these photos as it is so tricky to get this species in flight. Luckily, this one was feeding around my feet in the garden and seemed unaware I was there, so I was able to get the macro lens on it, although it was more than difficult to get it in the viewfinder.

Volucella zonaria

Volucella zonaria - garden, 15 Jul 15


Bee-wolf with prey - L'Ancresse, 18 Jul 15


Bee-wolf at entrance to nest-hole - L'Ancresse, 18 Jul 15

Black-tailed Skimmer

female Black-tailed Skimmer - Bordeaux, 21 Jul 15 - this was well away from any water.

Categories: 2015 Summer