Last weekend I stayed at my grandparents, near Newark, to do some birding, and on the way on Friday I found this Riband Wave moth Idaea aversata on the side of a car in Newark station carpark. This is the non-banded form f.remutata, which is more common in Nottinghamshire than the banded form.
On Saturday my grandparents and I went to Spalford Warren, near Newark, with a local birder to try to find Woodlark, which still evades my list list. We had no luck on the Woodlark front, and couple of Siskin and a fly-over Peregrine were the most interesting birds we saw, but it was a very pleasant morning with lots of insects about, including Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Ringlet and Comma butterflies, a few bumblebees, Common Blue damselflies and this Red-banded Sand Wasp Ammophila sabulosa.
I then did the second visit for the BTO House Martin Survey, where I found a grand total of 0 House Martins! Really quite disappointing if I'm honest, especially because the square seemed to contain ideal nesting habitat for the birds, and I've seen them flying round in the adjacent villages, but oh well! I did however find this stunning (and unfortunately dead) Banded Demoiselle damselfly Calopteryx splendens:
I spent the afternoon photographing the bumblebees in my grandparents garden. On just a few lavender bushes I found a few Honeybees Apis mellifera and 8 species of bumblebee:
There were also a couple of interesting looking hoverflies, I think they are Episyrphus balteatus and Syrphus ribesii:
A Blue-tailed Damselfly Ishnura elegans flew into the house, so I grabbed a couple of photos before ushering it back outside.
I also found this dead Common Carder bee Bombus pascuorum in the conservatory, so I took the opportunity to get a really close look at this charming bumblebee.
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.