Sunday, 28 August 2016

DORSET

We had a few days in Dorset, hoping for Chalkhill Blue. We went to 5 or 6 recommended
sites but no luck but I did take what I think was our only Adonis (a first for us)  which was 
promptly flushed by a dog. Also, it was only the second time that we have seen Little Blue.
We did manage to see a few Lulworth Skipper, our first in this country.
We also went to Throop Mill for Brown Hawker and saw at least a 
dozen (also a first) but they never once landed so no pictures.

ADONIS BLUE
LITTLE BLUE
LULWORTH SKIPPER
LULWORTH SKIPPER
MARBLED WHITE
PAINTED LADY
WALL BROWN
JERSEY TIGER
BANDED DEMOISELLE
GREY WAGTAIL
GREY WAGTAIL
LAPWING
MED. GULL
RED ARROWS

DEER in HIDING
In the words of the Fast Show, ' You ain't seen me, right'


Sunday, 14 August 2016

POPLAR HAWKMOTH

WE CAME DOWN THIS MORNING TO FIND A POPLAR HAWKMOTH 
CLINGING TO A CALENDAR ON THE SIDE OF THE KITCHEN CABINET. 
THE PICTURE IS OF OUR CAT GIBBS WHEN HE WAS A KITTEN. 
NOT SURE WHERE THE MOTH CAME FROM OR WHY SHE 
CHOSE TO LAY HER EGGS IN SUCH A STRANGE PLACE. 
WE DID EVENTUALLY PUT HER OUTSIDE.















Saturday, 23 July 2016

CATCHING UP


JUST A FEW SHOTS FROM THE LAST WEEK.
HOPING TO GET SOME MORE DRAGONFLYING DONE
THIS WEEKEND IF THE WEATHER STAYS WARM. 
             

EMPEROR
COMMON DARTER


SMALL SKIPPER

GATEKEEPER



SEDGE WARBLER


GREENFINCH

BLACK-HEADED GULL

BLACK-HEADED GULL

GREYLAG GEESE

Friday, 15 July 2016

MALPAS and STITHIANS.

NOTHING VERY UNUSUAL ABOUT AT THE MOMENT.
THESE WERE TAKEN AT MALPAS AND STITHIANS RESERVOIR.


BULLFINCH, female.

BULLFINCH, male.

GOLDFINCH

WILLOW WARBLER

WOOD PIGEON
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER

Thursday, 30 June 2016

CATCHING UP WITH THE LOCALS.

 I've finally managed to get some local birding done. 
These were taken at 2 of my favourite sites, 
Stithians Reservoir and Gothian Sands.

BLUE TIT
BULLFINCH
COAL TIT
GREAT TIT

DUNNOCK

ROBIN juv.

WREN

WHITETHROAT

JAY

GREY HERON

KESTRELS at NEST

SAND MARTIN

SAND MARTIN

SAND MARTIN
SAND MARTIN


I just love Sand Martins and look forward to their arrival each year.