3+ House Martin over Compton Park Wetland. The results of what, at first seemed like an inadequate planting scheme at the new wetland now appear to be amazing, viewed through the security fencing. I really hope this area is maintained and policed in the future, because it really does look like a valuable habitat addition.Thanks for this has to go to the Wildlife Trusts for reminding developers that you cannot just walk all over mother nature!!!!
On the Barleyfield things were quiet so I turned my attentions to the world of insects!!
I am still on a steep learning curve in my bid to become a competent amateur naturalist, but as I keep adding to my knowledge, then my updates will be of interest to others who notice the wildlife of Smestow Valley as they enjoy their walks through the reserve.
First up- how to sex Red-tailed Bumblebees!! This is quite an easy one:
|Large size and simple black coloration with red tail - a female.|
|Much smaller and note the small amount of yellow in bands |
on the head and base of abdomen - the male
|Bees can be highly variable and this male is showing|
much more yellow around the head.
|This example of Small Skipper is showing visible areas of Brown on the antennae|
|This example appears to show all black antennae with |
no striping or definition at all!!
To finish, here is perhaps the most beautiful insect you could wish to encounter on the Barleyfield. Its a type of Longhorn Beetle:
A young Green Woodpecker was also calling from the Wetland area.