It’s Insect Time!

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.

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First trip to Chambers Farm

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.

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It isn’t Spring, but …

… 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).

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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).

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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).

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A really lovely week’s birding, after such a long, dreary few weeks.

Gibraltar Point

On a gloriously sunny day – and with Nottingham clogged with marathon runners – what better than a trip to Gibraltar Point. Here we have a little grebe, a lapwing and a little egret. We saw a few spoonbills but they were camera-shy. Next time …Gib Point-0728Gib Point-0750Gib Point-0802

Bits and Bobs

A few bits and bobs from the summer which seems to have (temporarily, I hope) deserted us, for the moment. From the top: Mother of Pearl Moth, Common Lizard, Longhorn Beetle, Crambus Perlella (Micro Moth), Straw Dot Moth.Chambers-2614lizardMaid Marian Way-1787MothStraw Dot Moth

Last Days of July

With the rain easing and intermittent sunshine appearing, we managed to get to Chambers Farm Wood and Skylarks Nature Reserve in the last two days of the month.
From the top: mating gatekeepers, painted lady, small copper, brown argus.
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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

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