I was on the patch for an early start on Saturday though, birding the bushes first before looking for hoverflies later. Janet and I went to Druridge this afternoon but were dodging showers the whole time.
On Saturday I covered nearly 5km birding around the bushes and pools. In the bushes there were lots of recently fledged warblers with family parties of sedge warblers, whitethroats, blackcaps and willow warblers, adults feeding their still-dependent young. There were family groups of great and blue tits - their young a bit more independent.
|Whitethroat feeding two of its three chicks|
|Young sedge warbler|
Barn owls hunted all morning and were taking plenty of food away but the highlight of the morning was an adult long-eared owl in the bushes near to the Budge screen.
|Barn owl with a short-tailed field vole|
A Kestrel feeding was my first post-lockdown sighting,
A post-football visit this afternoon. heavy showers rolled in from the west so we didn't hang around. Janet went for a walk whilst I grilled the sea and then we both went to the Budge screen out of the rain. The same waders as yesterday apart from the knot had been replaced by a wood sandpiper.
|A bee-mimic hoverfly - Leucozona lucorum (female)|
|Common Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis|
|Funky Caterpillar - the caterpillar of moth Depressaria daucella in final instar. There are only county 23 records according to Northumberland Moths|
|Diamondback Moth Plutella xylostella|
|Hoverfly Eristalis arbustorum (f)|
|I thought that this was a wasp at first but it's a beetle - a wasp beetle Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis|
|Hoverfly Syrphus torvus (female)|
|Hoverfly Helophilus hybridus|
|Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus|
|Hoverfly Eristalis pertinax (female)|
|Marmalade hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus|
|Sawfly Tenthredo mesomela|
|22-Spot Ladybird Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata|
|Bloody Cranesbill - the county flower of Northumberland|
|larvae of 7-spot ladybird Coccinella septempunctata but I'm not sure what the little mite thing is, there were three of them associating with the larvae.|
|One of the Chrysopa lacewings - needs to be ID'd but that might not be possible from a photo|
|Crabro cribarius - Slender-bodied digger wasp (I saw one of these in June last year in the same place)|
|Crabro cribarius - Same as above|
|Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus|
|Hoverfly Meliscaeva auricollis|
|Buff-tailed Bumble Bee Bombus terrestris|
|Hoverfly Tropidia scita - a new one for me and for Druridge, it can be ID'd from the triangular 'tooth' on the hind femura|