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Sunday 5 July 2020
Kestrel, Christophstal July 2020

Kestrel, Christophstal July 2020

Kestrel, Christophstal July 2020

Kestrel, Christophstal July 2020

Kestrel, Christophstal July 2020

Kestrel, Christophstal July 2020

Red-backed shrike with bush cricket, Christophstal July 2020

Red-backed shrike with bush cricket, Christophstal July 2020

Red-backed shrike with bush cricket, Christophstal July 2020

Red-backed shrike with bush cricket, Christophstal July 2020

Despite it being a really warm sunny day, there really wasn't a lot going on in the garden.

The only highlights were a kestrel zig-zagging across the valley and a female red-backed shrike who seemed to be hunting near us and taking her prey over towards the north-east. Here she is with a large bush cricket.

Saturday 4 July 2020

We're starting today with two ends of the weevil spectrum. The first is Lixus pulverulentus, a real giant (for weevils) at nearly 2cm and a micro-weevil, Rhinoncus perpendicularis at barely 2mm. You could say that Rhinoncus perpendicularis is the lesser of two weevils. Both are new to the garden, the former feeds on black knapweed and that's what he was sitting on and the latter feeds on bistort - there's a patch of that about a metre away from where I took the photo.

As predicted yesterday, the red-berried elder is bringing in the blackcaps who seem to really love these.

There was also a short visit from a spotted flycatcher.

Lastly, a photo of some impressive sycamore seed clusters.

Lixus pulverulentus, Christophstal July 2020

Lixus pulverulentus, Christophstal July 2020

Lixus pulverulentus, Christophstal July 2020

Lixus pulverulentus, Christophstal July 2020

Rhinoncus perpendicularis, Christophstal July 2020

Rhinoncus perpendicularis, Christophstal July 2020

Rhinoncus perpendicularis, Christophstal July 2020

Rhinoncus perpendicularis, Christophstal July 2020

Female blackcap on red-berried elder, Christophstal July 2020

Female blackcap on red-berried elder, Christophstal July 2020

Female blackcap, Christophstal July 2020

Female blackcap, Christophstal July 2020

Spotted flycatcher, Christophstal July 2020

Spotted flycatcher, Christophstal July 2020

Sycamore seeds, Christophstal July 2020

Sycamore seeds, Christophstal July 2020

Friday 3 July 2020
Harlequin ladybird, Christophstal July 2020

Harlequin ladybird, Christophstal July 2020

<em>Sphaerophoria scripta</em>, Christophstal July 2020

Sphaerophoria scripta, Christophstal July 2020

Woundwort, Christophstal July 2020

Woundwort, Christophstal July 2020

Unknown frog/leaf hopper nymph, Christophstal July 2020

Unknown frog/leaf hopper nymph, Christophstal July 2020

Sawfly larvae on <em>Aruncus dioica</em>, Christophstal July 2020

Sawfly larvae on Aruncus dioica, Christophstal July 2020

Red-berried elder, Christophstal July 2020

Red-berried elder, Christophstal July 2020

Black-veined whites, Christophstal July 2020

Black-veined whites, Christophstal July 2020

Meadow Grasshopper?, Christophstal July 2020

Meadow Grasshopper?, Christophstal July 2020

We had a new beetle species in the garden today - not one I particularly wanted to see, but here it is, a harlequin ladybird. Interestingly, he was sitting on one of the St John's worts in our front garden and the photo clearly shows perforated leaves, so probably Hypericum perforatum. We've never seen this in the garden before.

There was a new hoverfly too, Sphaerophoria scripta, shown here on woundwort. And talking of woundwort, here's a (blurry) photo of the developing seeds.

I'm annoyed with myself for not getting a better photo of this very small froghopper/leafhopper. I need to see if I can identify it from the blurry photo.

Some sawfly larvae have taken a liking to our Aruncus dioica plant and have skeletonized several leaves.

The red-berried elder berries are nearly ready for the blackcaps to enjoy.

Some more mating black-veined white butterflies were fluttering around.

I'm not very good with grasshopper identification, but I'm guessing this is a meadow grasshopper.

Thursday 2 July 2020

Early this morning there were two kingfishers down by the pond. They are usually fiercely territorial so we're guessing that these are related. The lower one looks like a young bird and the upper one looks like an adult.

At the same time that the kingfishers were about, a hawfinch visited our shamefully empty bird table. He's taking a look to see if there's anything on the ground worth eating. I filled up the table shortly after this photo and he was back tucking in in no time.

Kingfishers, Christophstal July 2020

Kingfishers, Christophstal July 2020

Hawfinch, Christophstal July 2020

Hawfinch, Christophstal July 2020