More bees followed the first one out of the Lodge and carried out the same procedure before flying off and, sure enough, after about 20 minutes started returning laden with pollen.  At first the bees were unsure how to re-enter the Lodge but eventually discovered that by pushing the lip on one of the two corners of the cover, they could gain entry.  Thereafter they did this automatically each time they returned to the Lodge.

The live colony is contained in a clear plastic case that fits inside the Lodge, and enables the bees and nest to be seen when the Lodge cover is raised.  When it first arrived the  nest only occupied a small part of the case but within a short time it covered the whole of the case, indicating everything was working as it should.  This was to be expected in view of the close availability of pollen from the flowers in the meadow and our garden.

The disappointment about the Brown Hairstreak is that I have not yet been able to find any eggs on the Blackthorn during the winter, despite marking the appropriate parts of the hedge when I trimmed it in the autumn to show me where to look, and carrying out several diligent searches in January and February. Perhaps I will be luckier in 2017?

I have seen lots of insects, spiders and other invertebrate in the meadow that I have never seen before and have derived a lot of pleasure and satisfaction in trying to photograph and identify them.  I will put pictures of those I have identified on an ‘Insects’ web-page in the ‘Wild Life’ sub-menu of this website in due course, but in the meantime here are some pictures of some of the insects I have yet to identify.  If you can identify any of them, please let me know ( - thanks.

I have held the N4CJ USA licence since 14 January 2006.  I went QRT (closed down) as N4CJ on 28 March 2016 when we returned to the UK the following day for the summer and will be QRV (on the air) as G4BUE from there.


I have been operating from the USA since my first visit there in October 1983 when I went to Houston, Texas for the ARRL National Convention and was QRV as W5/G4BUE.  Since then I have visited about 40 States and have operated from most of the ten call areas (except WØ, KH6 (Hawaii) and KL7 (Alaska)).  I am in the process of putting all my USA logs on Club Log for each call area (W1/G4BUE, W2/G4BUE, etc) and will add details here when I have done that.


My largest (non-N4CJ) USA log is for W4/G4BUE, primarily operating from Kentucky in the 1980s and 1990s, from Florida between the 1990s and 2006, especially since 2001 when we purchased our QTH (home) in Sebring, Florida, and briefly 25/26  November 2015 from Florida when my N4CJ licence was being renewed.  The W4/G4BUE log currently on Club Log is for QSOs (contacts) from 1992 but I intend to add the earlier QSOs.  I stopped using W4/G4BUE when I was issued with the N4CJ callsign on 14 January 2006, apart from the brief period in November 2015.


Both the N4CJ and W4/G4BUE logs can be searched below at the bottom of the page. 

I use Logger32 for day to day logging and update my QSOs to Club Log in real-time.  Below are the last ten QSOs I have made as N4CJ.  Apart from when I am contesting and using the N1MM Logger+ contest logging program, new QSOs should appear here within a few seconds after they have been completed - refresh your screen to see them.  I generally import contest QSOs from N1MM Logger+ to my Logger32 logbook within a couple of days of the contest ending, when they are then searchable below.

Below are the last ten QSOs I have made as W4/G4BUE, which are also searchable below.   After searching, use the back button to return here.

Here you can search the N4CJ log (left) and the W4/G4BUE log (right).   After searching, use the back button to return here.