Monday, 19 June 2017


It''s been a really hot last few days and I love it.

I've had the moth trap out a few times with species counts all between 55-65

The first night was the best night  but all the sessions have produced a few new moths for the year and a Lacewing at last.

702.  Notocelia uddmanniana (Bramble-shoot Moth)   
703.  Hypena proboscidalis (Snout) 
704.  Epirrhoe alternata (Common Carpet)    
705.  Herminia tarsipennalis (Fan-foot)  
706.  Habrosyne pyritoides (Buff Arches)    
707.  Myelois circumvoluta (Thistle Ermine)   
708.  Acronicta psi (Grey Dagger)   
709.  Eupithecia innotata f. fraxinata (Ash Pug)  
710.  Alcis repandata (Mottled Beauty)   
711.  Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth)     
712.  Apamea unanimis (Small Clouded Brindle)    
713.  Korscheltellus fusconebulosa (Map-winged Swift) 
714.  Eudonia mercurella (a moth)   
715.  Mythimna ferrago (Clay)   
716.  Eupoecilia angustana (a moth)    
717.  Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (a moth) 

718.  Ecliptopera silaceata (Small Phoenix)    
719.  Metzneria metzneriella (a moth)    
720.  Elachista argentella (a moth)    

721.  Chrysoperla carnea (Green Lacewing)

The Lesser Wax Moth was new for the garden - a good record.  It's been good for Hawk-moths these past nights too with up to three species per night.

Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth)     - New for the garden

Hawk Moth Squadron - Elephant, Lime and Small Elephant

Yesterday I had a walk along the riverside at Chester-le-Street Riverside Park. With it being so hot it was very busy and difficult to find a quiet spot.  There were a lot of Calopteryx splendens (Banded Demoiselle) however. I counted at least 25 from the A1 bridge, along the river Wear for 1km towards the Lumley bridge. There a little patch of Rorippa sylvestris (Creeping Yellow-cress), a unassuming little crucifer,  that is almost exactly 1 km from the A1 bridge as the naturalist walks and it's rare to see them beyond this.

Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselle from a different angle

Today was another scorcher and was definately a butterfly day with a count on my hour's walk of 1 Dingy Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown, 4 Ringlet, 7 Large White, 2 Small White, 12 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall and 3 Common Blue. 

722.  Vanessa atalanta (Red Admiral) 
723. Maniola jurtina (Meadow Brown)

Not a great deal else so I popped back home.  Lazing around on the bench a bright blue thing fluttered by, landed briefly in a rose bush, then fluttered against the fence before flying off. A Banded Demoiselle, a first not only for the garden but for the patch as well. I know I saw some good numbers yesterday but I promise I did not bring any home.

724. Calopteryx splendens (Banded Demoiselle)    

That got me out of my seat and spent a good while looking for and watching insects around the plants. There's a Tree Bumblebee nest in a bird nestbox that hadn't been used for years (except as an occassional roost for a few Wrens). However I found a second nest which accounts for the big numbers of them in teh garden this year.  The oven hob has an overhead extractor and their is a gap on the outside wall where it's attacghed to. They are enering there and presumably using the cavity wall to nest in.

There were a few Grypocoris stysi, a smart little bug around which were new and I potted up a couple of a swarm of Yellow-faced bees (Hylaeus sp.). They were put in the fridge and I've just checked them and keyed them out under the  microscope.  They are  Hylaeus communis , the Common Yellow Face Bee.

725.  Grypocoris stysi  
726. Hylaeus communis  (Common Yellow Face Bee).

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Gone past the 700 mark - a nice surprise

I was asked a few weeks ago to lead a Durham Wildlife Trust Botany Group outing on Waldridge Fell today,  so yesterday,  I did a little reconnaissance to see what I could show them.
I did seem to spend most of my time looking amongst the nettles and hogweed in South Burn wood than finding flowers to show them. It resulted in getting another half dozen invertebrates on the list including my first Ringlet butterfly of the year.

665. Agapanthia villosoviridescens (Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn)
666. Cantharis cryptica  (a Soldier Beetle)
667. Ditropis pteridis (a planthopper)
668. Nephrotoma flavipalpis (Yellow Cranefly)
669. Phyllobius pomaceus (Nettle Weevil)
670. Tephritis bardanae (Burdock Fruit-fly)
671. Aphantopus hyperantus (Ringlet)

Ditropis pteridis

Agapanthia villosoviridescens (Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn)

Nephrotoma flavipalpis

Tephritis bardanae

I did find a few things, most of which obviously I have already found but picked up a few more, including the Wild Plum tree that I keep walking past but forgetting to count

672. Symphytum x uplandicum  (Russian Comfrey)
673. Carex leporina (Oval Sedge)
674. Galium palustre  (Marsh Bedstraw)
675. Vinca minor (Lesser Periwinkle)
676. Prunus domestica  (Wild Plum)
677. Danthonia decumbens (Heath-grass)
678. Ranunculus flammula (Lesser Spearwort)
679. Rumex acetosella (Sheep's Sorrel)
680. Schedonorus arundinaceus (Tall Fescue)
681. Silene x hampeana (Hybrid Campion)
682. Succisa pratensis (Devil's-bit Scabious)

Set the moth trap out and got two new for the year, a male Ghost Moth and one of the plume-moths with the English name of Triangle Plume. Also found a mass of aphids on one of the hellebores in the garden, (though numbers seriously depleted thanks to a finger and thumb). They looked a bit different and a bit of research showed them to be, surprise, surprise, a species with the English name Hellebore Aphid! Also noted I had missed counting my only Caddis-fly I've been able to identify this year but things may be better on that front as I may be able to get some help on some of the ones I've photographed so far and others I catch if I keep them.

683. Platyptilia gonodactyla  (Triangle Plume)
684. Hepialus humuli (Ghost Moth)
685. Macrosiphon hellebori (Hellebore Aphid)
686. Phryganea grandis (Caddisfly)

I decided to half a wander before meeting up with the group and picked up a few more species. by the wood they is a very tall, furry mint thats been here as long as I have. I got its identity confirmed way back then, its Mentha x villosa (Apple-mint). Also picked up a couple of other common species I had either overlooked or forgotten I had seen. On the Hogweed were lots of the sawfly Tenthrido notha with their yellow underparts and on the willows, my first Common Blue Damselflies of the year and the distinctive Longhorn moth Nemophora degeerella.

687. Mentha x villosa (Apple-mint)
688. Solanum dulcamara (Bittersweet)
689. Polygonum aviculare (Knotgrass)
690. Tenthrido notha (a Sawfly)
691. Enallagma cyathigerum (Common Blue Damselfly)
692. Nemophora degeerella (a micro-moth)

I met up with everyone a little later and had a good three hours, mainly checking one of the acid areas and also Wanister bog and the pool. Everybody seemed to have an enjoyable time.  We also got a few additional species as well as some of the more interesting species I've already had and managed to show them such as Mat Grass, Water Horsetail, Marsh & Willow-herbs, Bog Stitchwort, Common, Oval and Star Sedges, Cotton-grass, Marsh Bedstraw, Water Forget-me-not and Bog-bean. The new ones were

693. Ballota nigra (Black Horehound)
694. Molinia caerulea  (Purple Moor-grass)
695. Epilobium tetragonum (Square-stalked Willow-herb)
696. Lathyrus pratensis (Meadow-Vetchling)
697. Viola palustris  (Marsh Violet)
698. Stellaria graminea (Lesser Stitchwort)

And we found a few other bits and pieces as well
699. Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix)
700. Timandra comae (Blood-Vein)
701. Cynips quercusfolii (Cherry Gall-Wasp

It was only was I added them all up tonight I realised I had gone past the 700 mark - a nice surprise

Monday, 12 June 2017

Out of Town

I haven't been much in the square the past few days and when I have it's been raining again. The moth trap pulled in another three and a bug made number 4.

661. Diarsia mendica (Ingrailed Clay)
662. Mniotype adusta (Dark Brocade)
663. Lobesia littoralis (a micro-moth )
664. Stenotus binotatus  (a Mirid bug)

Ingrailed Clay

Stenotus binotatus 

Elsewhere, yesterday I had a good day's birding with a Mike Laverick as we went firstly down to Bowesfield marsh in Cleveland for a singing Marsh Warbler that had been present for a few days. This is a Tees Valley Wildlife Trust nature reserve, consisting of three large, reed-fringed pools and a large area or wet to dry grassland intersected by paths, ditches and bridges. The bird was singing at the extreme north end of the reserve in Phragmites but was keeping low down due to the wind. Still managed to get some excellent views but photographing it in the swaying reed bed was nigh impossible. This was the best I could manage (if you can even make it out!). Nearby Reed, Sedge and two Grasshopper Warblers were singing but the Marsh Warbler had a full repertoire of bird song it mimicked.

Marsh Warbler - honest

Next stop was Dorman's Pool at Teesmouth just to see what was about until Saltholme RSPB opened at 10:00. The water level was very high so no chance of any waders but a Little Egret dropped in and a Marsh Harrier quartered the far reeds.

Little Egret

Headed off to Saltholme just as a Spoonbill had been reported but not only no sign of it, nobody else knew anything about it either. Two Marsh Harriers, both different to the one we just had at Dormans was the highlight, plus a nice count of 9 Little Egret. Due to the wind and dark clouds we could get the Cetti's Warbler at its usual spot. Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier, Cetti's Warbler and Little Egrets, it’s still hard to believe we were still in NE England. That's Global warming for you. There were the occasional sunny spells even if only for a few minutes and when they did the odd butterfly emerged so we saw both Common  Blue and Specked Wood together with a 4-spotted Chaser Dragonfly.

Marsh Harrier

We thought we would take a chance and look for a few butterflies at Bishop Middleham NR next and though there were ominous clouds the rain held off. We bagged Northern (Durham) Brown Argus quickly and also managed A few Small Heath, Small Copper, lots of Common Blues, Peacock, Large White and a Dingy Skipper. Half a dozen Cinnabar Moths were flying about and a similar number of Six-spot Burnet Moth larva were found. Checked on the orchids here and decent numbers of Dark Red Helleborine were showing but another week or two before flowering. Common Spotted and Northern Marsh Orchids and Common Twayblade were in flower however. 

Common Twayblade

Northern Brown Argus

Six-spot Burnet Moth caterpillar
As we were wandering about details of a Rose-coloured Starling appeared on the Rare Bird Alert pager so we headed back to the car. Directions on Sat-Nav said it would take 31 minutes so off we went. Exactly 31 minutes later we were watching the bird in a garden tree on a Billingham housing estate. The owners of the garden and nearby neighbours were all interested in what a load of birders were doing ascending on their street but were all very friendly and even invited us into their house to see it on the lawn.

Rose-coloured Starling

Back home for a late Sunday lunch, and all in all a good day.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Bee Orchids - new for the square

After several days of wind and rain the list can continue. Even the moth trap would have been a waste of time so I didn't bother putting it out the last few days. I had a few  small micros in the fridge that needed checking which I did and gor new new species for the year and added Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana) as I wandered about today.

623.    Cochylis atricapitana (a micro-moth)
624.    Hedya pruniana (Plum Tortrix)
625.    Anthophila fabriciana (Nettle-tap)

Cochylis atricapitana (a micro-moth)

With the weather improved (well it wasn't raining) but still very windy I had a walk around the fell with my Pooter. If you don't know what that is (and no its nothing to do with that!), I'll use the BBC GCSE Science description - 'A pooter is used to catch small insects. The user breathes in through the mouthpiece which has a piece of net covering the end. The insects are sucked into the holding chamber via the inlet tube.

I have a particular liking for hoverflies and caught a few today and also a couple of common flies and a Scorpion-Fly which I checked under the microscope when I got back

626.    Criorhina berberina (a hoverfly)
627.    Cheilosia illustrata (a hoverfly)
628.    Melangyna compositarum (a hoverfly)
629.    Volucella pellucens (a hoverfly)
630.    Sericomyia silentis (a hoverfly)
631.    Graphomya maculata (a fly)
632.    Lucilia sericata (a fly)
633.    Panorpa germanica (Scorpion-Fly)

Cheilosia illustrata

Sericomyia silentis

Criorhina Berberina

Picked up a few plants including Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra), uncommon in the NE but present here and  Oxalis exilis (Least Yellow-sorrel), another uncommon species. However, as I was watching some Dingy Skippers flitting about on the tip, a favourite spot for them that I very regularly check, I spotted two Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid). Increasing but not common in the county, these two, abiet puny specimens,  are the first for square and there can't be many records for the 10km square, I'll have to check. Like I said I check this area regularly and there is no way I would have missed them previously. They are growing on a former colliery spoil heap. Possibly my last Orange-tip butterfly of the year, a female, also flitting about.

634.    Spergularia rubra (Sand Spurrey)
635.    Carex echinata (Star Sedge)
636.    Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid)
637.    Hydrocotyle vulgaris (Marsh Pennywort)
638.    Linum catharticum (Fairy Flax)
639.    Oxalis exilis (Least Yellow-sorrel)
640.    Rubus caesius (Dewberry)

Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid)

Spergularia rubra (Sand Spurrey)

and another rust

641.    Puccinia poarum (Colt's-foot Rust) 

Puccinia poarum (Colt's-foot Rust)

and finally, there's still quite a bit of bird song including 5 species of warbler singing today but a chacking sound drew my attention to the resident pair (or are there two pair?) of Stonechats. The wind was keeping them down with no chance of any photographs but as I watched I saw at least two juveniles being fed by both parents. So confirmed breeding, I'm happy with that, a nice finish to the day.


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Four hundred to go

As predicted,  the moth trap held a number of new species for the year with a few additional last night too. The best one however, a Netted Pug was the first for the garden (and 10km square!) but it wasn't in the trap but on the garden bench. Me being still half asleep at 5am  was a bit shocked (to put it mildly) and before I could get near it to pot it up, it was off into the roses, and never seen again. Fortunately its an unmistakable moth.

As I said the moths pushed me easily through the 600 barrier with the new ones being

594. Tethea ocularis (Figure of Eighty)
595. Rusina ferruginea (Brown Rustic)
596. Mimas tiliae (Lime Hawk-moth)
597. Plusia festucae (Gold Spot))
598. Plagodis dolabraria (Scorched Wing)
599. Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
600. Ochropleura plecta (Flame Shoulder)
601. Clepsis consimilana (a micro moth)
602. Eupithecia venosata (Netted Pug
603. Pasiphila rectangulata (Green Pug)
604. Nemapogon cloacella (Cork Moth)
605. Xestia triangulum (Double Square-spot)
606. Xestia c-nigrum (Setaceous Hebrew Character)
607. Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth)
608. Phragmatobia fuliginosa (Ruby Tiger)
609. Abrostola triplasia (Dark Spectacle)

Tethea ocularis (Figure of Eighty)

Mimas tiliae (Lime Hawk-moth)

Plagodis dolabraria (Scorched Wing)

A hoverfly in the garden I caught was
610. Eristalis horticola

Eristalis horticola

and I had a short walk on the fell to give me a few more plants
611. Carex flacca (Glaucous Sedge)
612. Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag)
613. Potentilla anserina (Silverweed)
614. Potentilla erecta (Tormentil)
615. Vicia cracca (Bush Vetch)
616. Vicia hirsuta (Hairy Tare)
617. Rosa rugosa (Japanese Rose)
618. Lysimachia vulgaris  (Yellow Loosestrife)
619. Silene flos-cuculi  (Ragged Robin)
620. Silene latifolia (White Campion)
621. Silene vulgaris  (Bladder Campion)
622. Senecio jacobaea (Common Ragwort)

Potentilla erecta (Tormentil)

Silene flos-cuculi  (Ragged Robin)

Silene vulgaris  (Bladder Campion)

Silene latifolia (White Campion)

I only got as far as checking a few hoverflies and micro-moths in the fridge as the weather hads got warm and sunny again. Rain forecast again For Monday so tomorrow I'll see what else I can scoop up and leave the fridge stuff till then.

Friday, 2 June 2017

That's me caught up

I was hoping to break the 600 barrier for the square by the end of May but missed out by just a few. It's been very busy since I got back (as May and June usually is) and with botanising outside the square quite a bit, I've have had little time to do this blog.

I've added all the species seen so far on the right hand side and think I've just about caught up. It's nice that the invertebrates are beginning to show and I need to put an effort in this month to get some more and hopefully some new ones. The same goes to get the 130 or so more plants that I still need and know they should be around if I look hard enough.
The moth trap is beginning to come into its own now and looking at the overnight catch (which I haven't checked yet and just covered it over, as it's stotting down) I reckon I should have hit the 600 mark. I can see two new ones for the year just looking through the funnel.

Anyway here's a few pictures and let flaming June begin ....  once it's stopped raining. I'm off now going to make a cuppa and check a few pots of creepy-crawlies thats in the fridge.

A few moths to start with - all nice big pretty ones

Pebble Hook-tip

Pale Tussock

Green Silver-Lines

Pale Prominent

A Hoverfly

Merodon equestris  - The Narcissus Bulb Fly

Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)

and though outside the sqaure I love this field of Bluebells at this time of year

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Waldridge Naturalist in Corfu - the last five days

10th May

Just a 10 minute check from the front this morning as we were going to Corfu town for the day.

Yellow-legged Gull (7)
Collared Dove (2)
Common Swift (2)
House Martin (7)
Barn Swallow (6)
Red-rumped Swallow (8)
Golden Oriole (1) heard in its usual poplar clump
Cetti's Warbler (2) heard only
Sardinian Warbler (1) heard
House Sparrow (13)

Had a walk around Corfu town and then south to the Achillean Palace for a bit of culture. Back into town to watch the planes land at the airport and checked out the lagoon adjacent. Lake Halikiopoblos is now a nature reserve which is surprising considering it's that close to the runway with bird strikes being a possibility. Having said that there were very few birds around and nothing in the way of waterfowl. A nice female Marsh Harrier quartering the reeds and a raptor perched up on a small mound eventually revealed itself as a Common Buzzard.

Runway and Lake Halikiopoblos
Corfu Town & Lake Halikiopoblos

Grey Heron (8) all at Halikiopoblos
Little Egret (10) again all at Halikiopoblos
Marsh Harrier (1) a female quartering the reeds on the east side of  Halikiopoblos
Common Buzzard (1) perched on a mound at Halikiopoblos
Yellow-legged Gull (3)
Feral Pigeon (5)
Collared Dove (4)
Alpine Swift (4)
House Martin (6)
Barn Swallow (5)
Red-rumped Swallow (2)
White Wagtail (1)
Woodchat Shrike (1) on west side of Halikiopoblos
Blackbird (3)
Sardinian Warbler (1) singing male seen on west side of Halikiopoblos
Serin (2) at the Achillean Palace
House Sparrow (10)
Magpie (1)
Jay (2) two separate birds flew over as we walked around the town                    
I did very little research on the butterflies you get in Corfu, partl;ey because I knew I was past their peak period. What I hadn't appreciated was that many of them are the same common  species you see in the UK. I saw for example, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Painted Lady,  Common Blue and Small Heath.  Also, Corfu butterflies are on the wing early in the day, oftern before breaskfast,  presumably due to the heat, and you are lucky if you see anything on the wing after late morning,
Amongst the few non-british butterflies seen were Southern Small White (Pieris mannii) and Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta)

Southern Small White (Pieris mannii)

Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta)


11th May

Didn't venture away from the apartment and the stream area with the weather changing now. There's was a significant NW breeze, a lot of cloud and a few specks of rain. Looking out of kitchen window first thing a few birds in the distance were perched up on some uppermost dead branches of a couple of cypress trees. Couldn't make them out but had my suspicions confirmed  when I took a photo zoomed up to 200x of one of them. A crappy photo but enough to confirm they were Common Bee-eaters.  A bit of a north movement today of swifts and bee-eaters. Four new birds for the trip today.


Honey Buzzard (2) flew over north together
Common Buzzard (3) two soaring over the hillside again and a different bird flew north
Common Kestrel (2) the resident pair seen again

Common Kestrel
Eleneora's Falcon (1) while watching the Bee-eaters and swifts by the  stream a dark phase bird flew over my head going  south. It went under the feeding birds but just carried on.
Moorhen (1) despite several visits this is the first bird I have actually seen on the stream. 
Yellow-legged Gull (25)
Wryneck (1) Still singing down track.
Common Swift (93) many feeding by stream and all eventually moved off  north.
Alpine Swift (70) moving north throughout the day.
Common Bee-eater (15) a group of 5 spent most of the day hunting from tops of cypress trees to the east of the apartment. Also 3 flew north overhead calling and a flock of 7 were feeding with Swifts and hirundines by the stream.

A long way off Common Bee-eater
Hoopoe (1) while scanning the hillside from the patio I picked a bird  against the trees flying north.
Feral Pigeon (1) 1 flew over
Collared Dove (5)
House Martin (8)
Red-rumped Swallow (6)
Barn Swallow (37) most if not all flying north
Blue-headed Wagtail (1) a single bird flew over
Golden Oriole (3) one singing from the poplars and later a male followed by my first female flew past right in front of me nearby.
Common Cuckoo (1) a silent bird flew low from the north over the stream in front of me
Blackbird (2)
Woodchat Shrike (2) by the stream, probably the same two birds


Cetti's Warbler (5)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (4) spent a good while watching these. 3 were  singing males and managed to see them all quite well. Two birds, 1 singing, were in the scrub near the stream, like last time, 1 was singing higher up in a almond tree close to the road and the third male was in north side, in stream-side bushes closer to the bridge.
Sardinian Warbler (7) the usual birds
Fan-tailed Warbler (3)
Great Tit (3)
Greenfinch (2)
Goldfinch (5)
Serin (1) a male on wires on way to the stream
House Sparrow (18)
Magpie (4)

There's a small beach near the apartments which was rarely used as it was in the opposite direction of town. A few coastal plants here included the familiar Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum) and also non -british species such as Sea Medick (Medicago marina)

Sea Medick (Medicago marina)

12th May

The morning was the environs around the apartment then we ventured out and walked to Canal de Amour again and into the woods beyond. Didn't check the stream area today. Fairly quiet today and overcast all day, with the sun just poking through as we ate.  Two new birds for the trip today,  a Eurasian Sparrow hawk soaring over the apartment early morning and two Tawny Pipits dropping in in the evening.

Dalmatian Wall Lizards (Podarcis melisellensis) are very common and I saw them on most days but especially today.

Dalmatian Wall Lizard (Podarcis melisellensis)

Common Buzzard (2) 2 soaring over the wooded hill nearby again
Honey Buzzard (1) Another single bird north over the apartment
Eurasian Sparrow-hawk (1) a female over the apartment early morning  drifted off west
Yellow-legged Gull (19)
Alpine Swift (15) all north
Common Swift (93) counted moving north in the morning
Wryneck (1) presumably the same bird but singing 150 metres from its  previous position, now closer to the apartment and count be heard from the front of the apartment.
Collared Dove (8)
Tawny Pipit (2) Two birds flew over calling and dropped into the scrub late evening. Wasn't sure of their identity so walked into the area and saw one of them on the ground before I flushed both of them and they both flew off north calling
House Martin (122) Counted moving north in the morning
Sand Martin (1) a single bird flew over
Red-rumped Swallow (5)
Barn Swallow (6)
Woodchat (1) - one on TV Ariel  on a nearby apartment
Golden Oriole (1) Not heard today singing or even calling, perhaps  because it was overcast. I did see a male however fly out  of the poplars, circle around and fly back in.
Great Tit (1) heard 
Fan-tailed Warbler (3)  including what was probably a pair chasing each other over the area on many occasions today.
Cetti's Warbler (3) 1 seen, all heard. 
Sardinian Warbler (1) 

Sardinian Warbler

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (1) A singing male in an overgrown garden in same tree as a Cetti's Warbler just inside the apartment complex. Pass this every day and never heard it before
Greenfinch (11) a flock of 8 flew over and 3 on wires and nearby bushes, 2 singing
House Sparrow (22)
Hooded Crow (2)
Magpie (3)

Woods NW of Canal de Amour
Yellow-legged Gull (4)
Alpine Swift (1)
House Martin (1)
Red-rumped Swallow (2)
Barn Swallow (6)
Blackbird (2) singing males
Cetti's Warbler (2) both singing males.
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (3) all singing in Olive trees in the woods. One seen well but never still long enough to photograph
Sardinian Warbler (3) 2m ; 1f
Blue Tit (1)
Great Tit (1)
Greenfinch (2)
Goldfinch (2)
House Sparrow (20)
Hooded Crow (1)

Amongst the olive groves here were smal arable fields with familiar plants such as the Common Red Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), plants usually associated with gardens like Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)  and a good numbers of Loose-flowered Orchid (Orchis laxiflora)

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

Loose-flowered Orchid (Orchis laxiflora) 
13th May
Penultimate day and went no further than the sun beds  (well bar actually) apart from a 30 minute walk along the stream and back in the afternoon. It looks like the Golden Orioles have stopped singing.

Common Kestrel (2) - both male and female of the resident pair seen  today, the female seen carrying some some bird
Yellow-legged Gull (12)
Common Swift (10)
Common Bee-eater (2+) Heard several birds flying over north but could not see them.
Collared Dove (5)
House Martin (18)
Red-rumped Swallow (8)
Barn Swallow (11)
Golden Oriole (2) again not heard but a pair flew out of the poplars and  headed west.
Blackbird (1) singing male
Great Tit (3)
Cetti's Warbler (3) 1 seen briefly, all 3 heard
Sardinian Warbler (3) All singing males
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (3) One at yesterday's site and 2 by the stream 
Greenfinch (2)
Goldfinch (5) Five birds together in a pine tree by the stream

Goldfinch This is a different race to both the British and the western  Europeann races. C. c. balcanica looks larger, dirtier and less brightly coloured

Serin (2) A pair on wires near the apartments 
House Sparrow (35)
Hooded Crow (1)
Magpie (3)

14th May
Last day, we leave early tomorrow back to Newcastle. Stayed around the apartment as the weather greatly improved compared to the last few days. For the first time no sight or sound of any Golden Orioles 

Common Buzzard (1) soaring over the hillside again
Yellow-legged Gull (10)
Common Swift (10)
Common Bee-eater (2+) Heard several birds flying over north but could not see them.
Collared Dove (5)
Tawny Pipit (2) two birds flew over heading south. Suppose it's the same two birds as those on the 12th.
House Martin (12)
Red-rumped Swallow (9)
Barn Swallow (6)
Blackbird (1) saw my only female of the trip as it flew over the scrub
Blue Tit (1)
Fan-tailed Warbler (2)
Cetti's Warbler (3) heard only
Sardinian Warbler (1)
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (2)  
Serin (1) The male on the same wires again
House Sparrow (22)
Hooded Crow (6) a flock of 5 birds flew over and joined the virtually  resident one behind the scrub. All 6 spent the day here chasing each other and the Magpies.
Magpie (3)

Well thats a quick run through my hols, back to the 1km square tomorrow