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Wednesday 26th & Sunday 30th July

Wednesday 26th July 2017:
I only had time for a brief visit to the Common today so I just walked a short circuit near the Wilden Top carpark.  There wasn't much of note except for a couple of Linnets and a rather showy singing Yellowhammer.  I can honestly say that I never tire of hearing/seeing these stunning arable birds!

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

I then headed over to the SE side of the Common for a quick mooch around the Oak woodland, where I discovered a rather nice clump of young Beefsteak Fungus that was exuding its blood like juices

Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica)

Sunday 30th July 2017:
Another sunny, mild day saw me pay a visit to the Lower Heath area of the Common.  The first thing that struck me was seeing a flurry of activity around the now flowering Ling heather.  On close inspection I soon picked up on good numbers of Heather Colletes feeding on them.  Heather Colletes is a rather attractive  solitary mining bee that times it's emergance to coincide with the flowering of the heather.  It is quite a small bee (smaller than Honey Bee) with a very prominant stripes/bands around it's abdomen.

Heather Colletes (Colletes succinctus)

Butterflies of note during the visit were as single Red Admiral and 4 Small Heath.  Good numbers of Gatekeeper were still present with some seen feeding on the Ling flowers.

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

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