A set of Lifetime Species Lists for some of the wildlife I have seen and the nature reserves I have visited. As the Chinese Proverb says - "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names".
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I'm a blogger - and nowadays that seems to be my main occupation. Rambles from My Chair is my main blog. I’m a retired local government executive - now studying how to survive a neurological disorder that gives me various problems but, hopefully, a whole new outlook on life and an increased sense of humour and perspective. There is a saying in Sweden "man måste vara frisk för att orka vara sjuk" ~ "you have to be well to cope with being ill"....
I enjoy most forms of communication and postcards are a special favourite. I used to blog as Scriptor Senex which is Latin for Old Writer but now Google only lets me post as John Edwards.
“He’s not so old. He’s just the age that he is, that’s all.” (Gerald Hammond)
Water Bugs Common Pond Skaters (Gerris sp.) River Pond Skaters (Aquarius sp. ) Water Cricket (Velia caprai)
Common Blue Holly Blue Silver-studded Blue Small Blue Small Copper Green Hairstreak Purple Hairstreak Brown Argus Gatekeeper Grayling The Wall Marbled White Meadow Brown Ringlet Scotch Argus Speckled Wood Small Heath Large Heath Large Skipper Small Skipper Dingy Skipper Comma Small Tortoiseshell Painted Lady Peacock Red Admiral White Admiral Marsh Fritillary High Brown Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary Pearl-bordered Fritillary Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Silver-washed Fritillary Brimstone Clouded Yellow Green-veined White Large White Orange Tip Small White 39 species
+ In captivity Monarch * Swallowtail *
Butterflies at The Willows
Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted Lady, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White.
12 species at Sept 2009
Dragonflies and Damselflies
DAMSELFLIES Azure Damselfly Banded Demoiselle Beautiful Demoiselle Blue-tailed Damselfly Common Blue Damselfly Emerald Damselfly Large Red Damselfly
DRAGONFLIES Azure Hawker Brown Hawker Common Hawker Migrant Hawker Southern Hawker Golden-ringed Dragonfly Black Darter Common Darter (Highland Darter - arguably a subsp.) Ruddy Darter Broad-bodied Chaser Four-spotted Chaser Keeled Skimmer Emperor
40 species as at Dec 2004 43 species as at Sept 2005 49 species as at June 2008 50 species as at July 2008 52 species as at Sept 2008
European Badger Western Hedgehog Rabbit Brown Hare Grey Squirrel Red Squirrel Water Vole Field Vole Common Shrew Stoat Weasel Brown Rat House Mouse Wood Mouse Red Fox Pine Marten American Mink Red Deer Fallow Deer Muntjac Grey Seal Pipistrelle Daubenton's Bat Noctule Dartmoor Pony Exmoor Pony Welsh Mountain Pony New Forest Pony Dolphin sp.
28 species in the wild as at Sept 2008 + the following in captivity*
Sika Deer* Wild Cat* Bank Vole * Edible Dormouse * Black Rat* Harvest Mouse * Eurasian Otter * European Polecat *
Ghost Moth Orange Swift Common Swift Map-winged Swift
The Lackey (larva only) Grass Eggar Oak Eggar Fox Moth The Drinker
Pebble Hook-tip Chinese Character
Peach Blossom Buff Arches
Grass Emerald Large Emerald Common Emerald Small emerald Blood-vein Small Blood-vein Cream Wave Small Fan-footed Wave Dwarf Cream Wave Small Dusty Wave Single-dotted Wave Riband Wave Plain Wave Flame Carpet Red Carpet Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Silver-ground Carpet Garden Carpet Shaded Broad-bar Lead Belle July Belle Common Carpet Wood Carpet Galium Carpet Yellow Shell Dark spinach Purple Bar The Phoenix The Chevron Northern Spinach Barred Straw Small Phoenix Dark Marbled Carpet Common Marbled Carpet Barred Yellow Spruce Carpet Green Carpet July Highflyer Argent and Sable Scallop Shell Cloaked Carpet November Moth Winter Moth The Rivulet Small Rivulet Barred Rivulet Twin-spot Carpet Foxglove Pug Mottled Pug Netted Pug Lime-speck Pug Triple-spotted Pug Wormwood Pug Currant Pug Common Pug White-spotted Pug Grey Pug Tawny Speckled Pug Bordered Pug Narrow-winged Pug Double-striped Pug Treble-bar Chimney Sweeper Yellow-barred Brindle The Magpie Clouded Magpie Clouded Border Latticed Heath The V-Moth Brown Silver-line Scorched Wing Brimstone Moth Bordered Beauty Speckled Yellow Canary-shouldered Thorn Early Thorn Lunar Thorn Purple Thorn Scalloped Hazel Scalloped Oak Swallow-tailed Moth Small Brindled Beauty Pale Brindled Beauty Peppered Moth Dotted Border Mottled Umber Willow Beauty Mottled Beauty Pale Oak Beauty Brussels Lace The Engrailed Small Engrailed Grey Birch Common Heath Bordered White Common White Wave Common Wave Clouded Silver Light Emerald Barred Red
The postings will be introductions to each of my life lists. The lists themselves will appear in the side margin. I shall do some postings about particular localities and there will also be postings to provide updates every time I add a new species. Please note that I am not qualified in any aspect of natural history - there will therefore be occasional (or, apparently, in the case of the hoverflies, a lot of) errors.
My life did not come to an end on Friday 23rd March 2012 (as one
one-time reader of one of my blogs surmised). Nor did my photography or interest in natural history stop. It is simply
that I couldn't cope with having so many blogs and decided to
concentrate on my main one - Rambles from My Chair. If you wish to see what I've been photographing of late just click on the link and join me there. You'll be most welcome.
This tiny, ant-like beetle is a blister beetle of the family Meloidae – perhaps an Anthicus species, possibly Anthicius floralis – the narrow-necked harvest beetle. Like most creatures on the Island it enjoys aggravating humans. In this case it pierces the skin and injects canthadrin – a poisonous chemical which causes blistering of the skin. (Canthadrin is used medically to remove warts). For the purposes of scientific research and a better photo I allowed it to have a go at me. When not busy biting it was sprinting all over my hand which made it difficult to photograph. Once stationery and biting it was easier to photograph – the things I do for science!
I can confirm that being injected with canthadrin hurts.
A new bird visitor was added to the garden list today - a female Chaffinch. That makes 24 species we have seen in the garden itself (not counting those that just fly overhead).
The number of species that actually nest in the garden has also increased this year and although no Collared Doves nested, as they often do, (I think the Sparrowhawk is to blame for that) we had 8 species - Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Blackbird, Great Tit and Blue Tit. Not bad for a small suburban garden.