19.3.15.

I loved my walk this afternoon. Nice and sunny, it almost felt like T-Shirt weather.

Since my friend Ken saw the Early Flat-body moth, I’ve been searching round the Island Pool looking for another one. Today I thought I had struck gold, when I noticed a very similar looking moth on a tree near the pond. Luckily this was a new moth for me. Unluckily it wasn’t the much rarer Early Flat-body which Ken had seen.  Mine was a March Tubic (Diurnea fagella)… Still always a pleasure though seeing a new moth. Just glad it was not on a Silver Birch, I would not have spotted it…

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As I turned round from taking the moth photo above, and started to head off on my normal route. I noticed this male Bullfinch taking a bath in the smaller pond…

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The Marsh Tits are still coming to the feeding area…

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A Sparrowhawk flew through the North Eastern field, and put most of the birds up. These Wood Pigeons in flight didn’t want to take any chances. Mind you when I looked at the photo when I got home, I did notice two didn’t take to the air…

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 Had a bit of Luck with the next photo, I saw a young Rabbit moving down a hedge just above the meadow, and not having one Rabbit photo from HC, I decided turn completely round and walk back about 300 yards to see if I could finally get a rabbit photo. As I leant on a fence post and scanned down the hedge, I heard the Chu Chu Chu Kaaa calls of these Red-Legged Partridge in front of the hedge directly opposite me. Never did see the young rabbit though. But this was my first photo of Red-Legged Partridge at HC. So it was well worth while, turning round and searching for Bugs Bunny…

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After my longest afternoon visit this year, and with the light fading, seeing two Greylag Geese fly into the setting sun, from the Birch Coppice car park, finished off a perfect afternoon walk…

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