Newport Area 2nd - 3rd June 2018

I have been out an about with the camera around some farm lanes near Newport recently. These photos are an amalgam of shots taken on late afternoon Saturday (2nd June): and early Sunday (3rd)

A rather scruffy-looking Buzzard.

A rather less-scruffy Buzzard.

A male Kestrel. Good to see this declining species still in the area.

What we could not see before was that this bird was carrying prey.

Looks like a bird it is carrying though can not make anything else out. Likely a nesting / unfledged bird as this species does not tend to hunt birds, preferring large insects, small lizards etc.
I make no excuses for the rather poor quality. I was using ‘sports mode’ to try to photograph the Barn Swallow coming down to drink – or so I thought. The camera reveals that it was actually diving in for an-on-the-go bath.

And here is proof it did not drown!

As an early nester Rooks enter the post-breeding moult early: this one is without a few primaries and secondaries.

A fly-past shows the effect of losing the inner primaries and outer secondaries on the shape of the wing trailing edge.
A Large White butterfly on Red Clover.

A quite splendid male Common Blue butterfly: more attractive with wings closed!

A skipper butterfly of course: but which? I can never remember. Large Skipper, as here, has the broad shading along the back of the wing – a thin narrow band on a Small or Essex Skipper. ‘Small’ and ‘Large’ are meaningless as the species are almost the same size. The mark in the middle of the wing – a scent mark (for giving or receiving?) indicates it is a male.

A more cooperative Timothy Tortrix (Aphelia paleana) moth than any at Priorslee Lake so fat. It shows the diagnostic yellow flush on the shoulder of what is otherwise a rather featureless moth.

One of a number of very similar moths but seems likely to be an Epiblema cirsiana (Knapweed Bell): the knapweed is about to flower.

A Silver Y moth: a very common immigrant, boosted in Autumn by local broods.

A female Black-tailed Skimmer. Only the males have black tails (and they have blue bodies).

Another specimen. This is only dragonfly with this build (skimmers / chasers) that has no colour in the wings (other than the small pterostigma near the wing-tips).

Unlike the unmarked wings of the Black-tailed Skimmer we see immediately why this is a Four-spotted Chaser. A female here.

The hoverfly Syrphus vitripennis.

A female or teneral Common Blue Damselfly.

A female Blue-tailed Damselfly of the form rufecens.

This is a female Oedemera nobilis beetle.

And here is the male that is unique in having a swollen hind femur.

The best I can do with this is a sawfly sp., possibly Tenthredo arcuata. Whatever it is covered in pollen from the buttercup.

A different specimen also covered in pollen.

And here it is with wings open.

I think Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) though as various vetches have been grown as fodder and this is farmland it could well be a hybrid.

Looking at the very fine leaves I am sure this is Scented Mayweed (Matricaria chamomilla). The flowers should soon downturn if my identification is correct. Corn Chamomile (Anthemis austriaca) is another possibility but usually has larger leaflets.

And the flowers being attended by a Greenbottle fly (Lucilia sp.).

Not a flower I am too familiar with: I suspect Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis).

This orchid is I think a Southern Marsh Orchid.

(Ed Wilson)