Posted on June 12, 2018
Yes, it’s the time of year when I come home with an aching back from all the bending down hunting for little creatures, lots of bites in spite of my best efforts to avoid them, and a sunburned neck. All good fun!
From the top left, clockwise: small magpie moth, cardinal beetle, cinnabar moth, mother shipton moth, female adonis blue butterfly, sand wasp, burnet companion moth, honey bee. All found at either Skylarks Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire or Chambers Farm Wood in Lincolnshire.
Posted on May 20, 2018
First trip to Chambers Farm in Lincolnshire this year. Dozens of Marsh Fritillary butterflies in the meadows and plenty of insect life, as well. It was a bit strange using the macro lens again after parking it up for the winter …. and my knees were definitely protesting at all the kneeling down and fairly screaming at the getting-up again. But, as usual, it was all worthwhile and we had a lovely day out.
Here is a small selection from the day. Clockwise from top left – Hairy Shield Bug, Marsh Fritillary, Pyrausta ostrinalis, BeeFly.
Posted on March 30, 2018
Lots of frogs spawning and making lots of noise at Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Posted on February 25, 2018
… the sun shone for a few days recently, the winter birds are showing signs of breeding plumage and we have a new mobility scooter … so off we went to Frampton Marsh, Rutland Water and Rufford Abbey (ot all in one day!).
At Frampton, we saw literally tens of thousands of ducks and geese flying in off the Wash, redshanks, curlews, lapwings, dunlin and skylarks. (Below: a brent goose and a redshank).
Rutland Water was quieter, but we did see shovellers, more curlew, pintails and a brief glimpse of a male smew as he flashed over the lagoon. (Below: male and female shoveler).
And, finally, on a bitterly cold morning at Rufford Abbey, we saw lots of tthe thrush family – blackbirds, redwings and thrushes, – as well as pochard, goosander and thousands of gulls, not to mention the tons of robins, bluetits, nuthatches, longtailed tits etc etc. (Below: robin, blackbird and pochard).
A really lovely week’s birding, after such a long, dreary few weeks.
Posted on February 7, 2018
A lot of time has been spent this winter (when the weather permitted) searching high and low for the elusive hawfinch. Apparently, food sources were scarce this year on the continent, so there have been more than usual over here. We had a good morning at Rufford Abbey Country Park, in Nottinghamshire, where we saw a small flock ground-feeding with greenfinch and redwing. Later in the same week, we were treated to the sight of a pair of males feeding in a yew tree in the grounds of St. Helen’s Churchyard, Darley Dale in Derbyshire. We tried to make it third time lucky at Allestree, Derbyshire, but the weather was aganst us and the birds were non-co-operative. Still hoping to see some more this winter.
Posted on January 11, 2018
A little winter robin … always a sight to cheer the heart on a cold and frosty morning.