A catch up on the last three days will not take long , but a few bits of interest were found . On Tuesday , up on the Greensand Ridge , whilst strimming a footpath , I found what I think is Common Hemp Nettle/Galeopsis angustifolia , but would be pleased to hear if that is a wrong ID . At the end of the footpath , in a damp shady area , Touch-Me-Not Balsam/Impatiens noli-tangere was also found . Well named , as like other Balsams , any thing or person brushing against a seed pod , would cause it to explode , throwing the contents some distance , and ensuring the spread of the species .
Yesterday was a chainsaw re-fresher course , and obviously little wildlife stayed around the area . But a few very tatty Silver-washed Fritillaries visited the Hemp Agrimony growing in the glade that was bathed in sunshine for most of the day . Not the greatest of conditions for being kitted up in protective equipment , but at least it's done for another three years .
Today after a dull, windy and cool morning , the afternoon didn't get much better , but I had to get out for an hour , so set off for the Farm lake . Nothing new on the water , but the owner told me that up to three Cormorants have been seen . That could sort out the Rudd problem . There was nothing to be found in the exposed areas , but , where there was some protection from the wind , I thought I had found the male of the 'odd Wasp' found on the last visit , but it turned out to be Ichneumon suspiciosus . Apart from one Large White , the only species seen was Gatekeeper , with several females found sheltering . I did find a small aberrant male , but nothing like the specimen I failed to find at Hutchinson's Bank recently . Lots of hoverflies were seen , mainly Marmalade/Episyrphus balteatus , but I did spot one individual which I don't think I have comes across before , Sphaerophoria scripta . Apologies for the shot , but the vegetation was mobile at the time . The last one , I'm not sure about , but am hoping that it is Eristalis horticola , but as always , I stand to be corrected .