I know, I know! I don’t post for ages and now I’m posting again. I just had to tell you about my exciting sightings today.
Eristalis tenax – Dronefly – Female on Crocus (pic taken today)
It started this afternoon, while I was gardening. Actually no. It started this morning when I was shopping. Our local supermarket at Wimborne (Dorset) has the river Allen running right through it. In the past I’ve spotted kingfishers along this stretch of river but today, while I idly stared down the river bank, I spotted a little bank vole.
One of the Bank Voles we found last year at our Small Mammal Trapping Day
He wasn’t at all worried by all the noise of the cars and people with trolleys but instead carried on hunting for food right by my feet. Eventually he found a bit of bread that someone had dropped for the ducks, and very proudly carried it off to eat it in private.
OK, that was this morning. Then this afternoon, as I cleared the garden of it’s winter debris, I spotted a Dronefly Erastalis tenax (pic above). It’s a female. You can tell because it’s eyes are smaller than the males (who have great big bulging eyes that meet in the middle). It’s not rare but to me it symbolises summer. It was such a lift to see it sunning itself on one of the pale mauve crocus.
A Pipistrelle Flying (pic courtesy of Wikipedia)
Then this evening at 6pm (yes, it does get even better!) I went out to move the garden CCTV wildlife camera (it looks like a badger has been digging up one of our old tree stumps and I wanted to try and catch it on film tonight) and for some reason I took my bat detector with me.
As soon as I stepped out the door the detector started screaming and a pipistrelle bat flew no more than 10ft above my head. It’s early for bats so it was probably just having a bite to eat before going back into torpor for a bit longer.
Three of the crocus in my garden – open to the sun today
Not a bad day really.
Pretty urban but very satisfying.