July 2017

A mash-up of some of the small winged creatures we’ve been seeing this month, mostly at Attenborough Nature Reserve and Toton Sidings, Nottinghamshire and Chambers Farm Woods, Lincolnshire.
From the top: Green Veined White Butterfly, Harlequin Ladybird, Large Emerald Moth with Caterpillar, Long Horned Beetle, Marbled White Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Scorpion Fly, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, White Admiral Butterfly, Black Necked Moth, Clearwing Currant Moth, Bees on Thistle.

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Glapthorn Cow Pastures

A trip down to Glapthorn Cow Pastures in Cambridgeshire today in search of the elusive Black Hairstreak. We didn’t find him, but there were lots of great butterflies to compensate. Again, we went early and came back early to get the coolest part of the day.  From the top: Small Skipper, Ringlet and Meadow Brown.Small SkipperRingletMeadow Brown

June 2017

These little creatures are all from Chambers’ Farm Woods, in Lincolnshire. My favourite place to be in summer, because of the wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies, insects etc. Today, we saw the first White Admiral and the first Black Hairstreak of the season. Alas, no pictures, but I wasn’t disappointed with the rest of the day.

From the top: newly emerged female broad bodied chaser, broad bordered bee hawk moth, speckled wood butterfly, mating damselflies, a froghopper (love froghoppers!) and a marsh fritillary butterfly.Broad Bodied ChaserBroad Bordered Bee Hawk MothSpeckled WoodMating DamselfliesFroghopperMarsh Fritillary

Spring is Sprung

From the top: A little grebe from Cromford Canal; a male orange tip from Attenborough; little ringed plover, male ruff, male shelduck, curlew and avocet from Frampton Marsh; and chiffchaff and nightingale from Whisby.
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Two Little Winter Birds

A male Bearded Tit and a male Stonechat, both from Langford Lowfields, Nottinghamshire, January 2017.male-bearded-titmale-stonechat

Tree Sparrow

According to the RSPB, the UK tree sparrow population has suffered a severe decline, estimated at 93 per cent between 1970 and 2008, although recent Breeding Bird Survey data suggests that numbers may have started to increase, albeit from a very low point. I count myself lucky, then, to see tree sparrows fairly regularly here in the East Midlands.

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Frampton Marsh in Winter

At the end of a particularly mild November here in the East Midlands, a trip to Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire provided us with sightings of quite a wide range of birds. As well as large numbers of ducks, geese and plovers there were a few waders and, of course, the glossy ibis was still there. We had hoped to see the lapland buntings, but it wasn’t to be.
From the top: common redshankglossy ibis flying overhead and black-tailed godwit.

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