Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Thursday 28 July 2011

July 27th 2011

A trip down to Oxfordshire today for some Butterflies 2 of which were new for myself,Picked John Liggins & Alvin Burton up on route then took the leisurely drive down to Jnc 6 of the M40 to Aston Rowant NNR where we were soon having great views of our first target species Chalk-hill Blue next on the list was Silver-spotted Skipper which were a little more tricky to pin down but as it warmed up more & more appeared!! other species seen were Marbled White,Brown Argus,Small Heath & some of the more common species...

Chalk-hill Blue (male)


Brown Argus

Silver-spotted Skipper (male)
Small Heath

Monday 25 July 2011

July 23rd 2011

I headed back down to Shropshire Saturday morning hoping to add Keeled Skimmer to the year list & also photograph them & hopefully the Golden-ringed Dragonflies!! with at least 30 Keeled Skimmer found & 6 Golden-ringed Dragonfly about 500yrds away from Cramer Gutter on Catherton common i set about trying to get pics the Keeled Skimmers were far easier than the Dragons which wouldnt allow close approach at all, Also had 1 (Teneral) male Emerald Damselfly & a male Black-tailed Skimmer along with at least 6 Common Lizzard whilst the best birds were 3 Common Crossbill over & a Common Redstart & Tree pipit.

Keeled Skimmer (male)
 Imm male
 Golden-ringed Dragonfly (male)
Emerald Damselfly (Teneral male)

After a few hrs on site i made my way back home ready for the moth & nosh night at Windmill Hill NR,Nuneaton,which attracted maybe 20+ people but as always most of these drifted off leaving the few hardy soles to continue on until about 2.30am,the cool night & strong wind hampered the trapping but still produced a lifer in the form of Annulet (caught bt MPK) hence no pics & my favourite a female Drinker (very rare they come to light) alongside a male. A few photos from the night below.......

Straw Underwing
July Highflyer
Swallow Prominent
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
 Ruby Tiger
Burnished Brass
 Small Phoenix
Common White wave
Early Thorn
 Buff Footman
 Drinker (male)
Drinker (female)

Monday 4 July 2011

July 3rd 2011

Headed off down to Cramer Gutter,Shropshire for a chance of a lifer in the form of Golden-ringed Dragonfly (a species iv'e wanted to see for years!) arrived on site just after 10-30 & was soon having superb views of a female also had a bonus with 4 Dark Green Fritillary on the wing along with 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary,searched around for Keeled Skimmer but failed!! Broad-bodied Chaser & my 1st Emperor Dragonfly of the year on the small pool in the corner of this small reserve.... photos of the day below..........

Emperor Dragonfly
 Small Pearl-bordered Fritllary

Dark Green Fritillary
Golden-ringed Dragonfly