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Hawfinch in Derbyshire

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.

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Robin Redbreast at Rufford

A little winter robin … always a sight to cheer the heart on a cold and frosty morning.Robin at Rufford

Now I’m a Moth-er …

We had a lot of fun this summer learning about micro- and macro-moths, not easy to find as they are so small and a fair bit of contorting the body is needed to photograph them. This is a selection of some of the ones we saw, including some ‘ordinary’ moths.
From top left, clockwise: Emerald, Buff Tip, Blood Vein, Longhorn, Magpie, Clouded Border, Lattice Heath, Mother of Pearl, White Wave.
Of course, I may not have these entirely correct. If you know different, please tell me.

 

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

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.

Green Veined White ButterflyLadybirdLarge Emerald MothLonghorned BeetleMarbled WhiteRed AdmiralScorpion FlySmall TortoiseshellWhite AdmiralBlack Neck MothClearwing Currant MothBees on Thistle

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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