Thursday, 31 July 2014

Patch week 30

 Les and I found these small tortoiseshell catepillars on a walk around the greenway, I have not seen any of these since I was a boy.......................many years ago. Later in the day I came across a 'scold' of eight jays, seven more than I had seen on the patch all year and the largest group I had seen anywhere.
I sat in the garden watching the industry of these leaf cutter bees, they carried pieces of leaf and with surprising dexterity took them into their individual chambers ( there were at least five working) they then put a supply of pollen and an egg into the chamber and seal of the ends with multiple layers of leaf sections. The speed with which they returned each time with a new section of leaf was also impressive. Occasionally there would be a brief squabble amongst them and then they went straight back to their work.
I visited the Blue lagoon at about 0645  and for the second week running saw a juvenile common tern, but it did not stay long and flew away pausing only to take a pass at a hunting kestrel, I then watched the kestrel for a while and saw it try to catch a reed bunting but it gave up easily when then bunting fled for cover. A few moments later I was scanning the area with the scope and heard a rush of wings and looked up to see the kestrel 20 feet away on the cliff face, I'm not sure which of us was he more surprised.
all the pictures were taken with my iphone.
                                           Patch list 90 with common tern

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pictures from my week

                                         These little caterpillars were eating our rose leaves
                                             Purple hairstreak, taken at the lodge, Sandy
        this is the same as the bottom picture, like a damselfly but appears to have four wings
                                                                  Spindle ermine

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Blog news mid July

                                                             Green veined white
                                                    Helicopter effect bumblebee
                                                                  Marbled white
                                                               Spotted longhorn

Just some of the insects seen recently on the patch, we counted thirteen different species of butterfly yesterday in a small area.

The following are some of the musings from my blog diary last Monday. The skyways were busy with a myriad of swallows witheir youngsters, a buzzard flew up from its post in the flooded meadow looking accusingly over its shoulder as if to say "no peace for the wicked".
A family group of long tailed tits foraged busily in a nearby hedgerow, one popped out three feet from my face, observed me casually and went on his way, typically I was cameraless. A blackcap caaled in a low tree above the tits and a youngster immediately went after it. A green woodpecker 'yaffled' from a nearby tree and soon after a great spotted wooodpecker drummed to declare his territory. A female kestrel watched below patiently for movement in the meadow. Pied wagtails chased insects frantically and comically, two wrens were singing close by to each other, a dunnock popped out of the hedge with a beak full of prey, normally what they pick up is very hard to see, a whitethroat called from behind the hedge and a yellowhammer was singing from the top of a tree -                                                                   magic moments.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Cavenham heath

I had a day out at Cavenham this week whilst Lesley was engrossed in Wimbledon and attached are the pictures I got there:-

                                        A comma butterfly posing on the slightly worn sign
                                                    An amazing headset on this moth

                                                Three poses by skipper butterflies
                                                                       The ringlet
                                              A really colourful caterpillar but as yet no I.D.
                                                            Roesel's bush cricket
                                                                Damselfly's mating
                                                               Common darter

 These pictures of a fifteen to eighteen inch adder that crawled up to my boot and then rapidly moved away into the grass when he realised what he had encountered
                                                       A really colourful tortoiseshell