Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

June 26th - 17th July 2016

The last few weekends have again been spent locally with not wanting to be to far from home due to Max the pet boxer being unwell & sadly having to be put to sleep after becoming completely overrun with tumours. R.I.P big lad we're gonna miss ya!!

Just a few of the highlights of the last few weeks mainly butterflies but the odd dragonfly & nice views of a Slow worm........


 Keeled Skimmer (Shropshire)
Large Heath (Shropshire)
Slow Worm (Shropshire)
Black Hairstreak (Northants)
Red-tipped Clearwing (Northants)
Silver-studded Blue (Shropshire)
Purple Emperor (Warks)
 White Admiral (Warks)
Purple Emperor (Northants)
Purple Hairstreak (Northants)

Purple Emperor (Northants)

Monday, 18 July 2016

25th June 2016

Headed down to Norfolk finally with Tom Perrins & Jules Allen along with Donna for the Great Knot a species I'd dipped on nearly 20 yrs ago up North we arrived on site at Scolt head & had poor views but tickable at distance but it certainly laid a ghost to rest!! We then spent several hrs at nearby Titchwell with the usual goodies + the odd Little Gull,Sandwich & Little Tern & a very obliging Spotted Redshank before heading to Gore Point,Holme when news filtered thru that the Great Knot had flown in!! This time we had great scope views, well worth waiting around for also a Turtle Dove was a bonus.......

Thursday, 14 July 2016

18th & 19th June 2016

Again stayed local with a Long-tailed Duck turning up in the week at Alvecote Pools,Warks we headed over on the Sat morning where the bird was distant on the far shore but a quick call to Archie Archer with his local knowledge soon had us on the right track where we had cracking views of a good Warks bird & a Lifer for Donna with a bonus flyover Osprey.......

Sunday morning was spent at Donna's local patch at Trittiford,Solihull  photographing Beautiful Demoiselle where we had at least 3 male & 1 female a good local record & great find by Donna.....

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

4th June - 12th June 2016

Again with it being the height of the breeding season Donna & myself concentrated on looking for Butterflies & Dragonflies & the occasional mothing when weather allowed....The weekend of the 4th-5th we stayed fairly local with Stockton Cutting,Warks providing us with cracking views of White-legged Damselfly,Grizzled Skipper,Dingy Skipper,Small Blue,Brimstone,Green Hairstreak etc & a bonus Small Elephant Hawkmoth trapped by Adam Archer at Grendon which he kindly allowed us to go & photograph.....

Grizzled Skipper
White-legged Damselfly

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

Holly Blue

On the 11th June we took a chance on the weather & headed for Cramer Gutter hoping for Dragonflies but the weather turned as we got on site & apart from 2 Broad Bodied Chaser & a few Azure Damsels we had nothing,but just as we were heading off we found some Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary which gave fantastic views with the bonus of them being new for Donna.......

Monday, 30 May 2016

Moths 2016

A few of the Moths seen out & about or trapped in the garden over the last cpl of months..........

Pale Tussock
Pebble Hook-tip
Brown Silver-lines
Buff Ermine
Anania fuscalis

Common Heath
Muslin Moth
Pebble Prominent
Angle Shades
Waved Umber
Common Quaker
Hebrew Character
Twin-spotted Quaker