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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.

Hawfinch in Yew treeHawfinch ground feedingHawfinch in Yew

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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

A few bits and bobs …

For various reasons … weather, health, deus ex machina … trips to the local Nature Reserves have been a bit few and far between lately so, without any new bird pictures, quite a bit of my time is being spent on tidying up computers etc.

These are a few of the pictures I have taken with my iPhone on previous trips out. I always have the phone handy for little bits and pieces that might take my eye, but don’t merit getting the heavyweight out for. I think they came from Langford Lowfields and Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire, and Chambers Farm Wood, Lincolnshire.

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

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

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