23.4.15.

The Weather Forecasters got the early morning totally wrong. No Fog/Mist.. No Freezing Conditions. When I arrived on HC early morning It was 6ºC and Sunny! The temperature being the best start of the week.

Got to see another new moth under the Wardens Office Lights. I actually passed this by twice, thinking it was a small (10-12mm) leaf. This moth is called a Scalloped Hook-Tip…

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In the nearby Gorse found this very small Spider (2-3mm). Its not a great photo, but being so small and on the move, I’m glad to at least have this photo. As yet Unidentified…

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Greylag Geese flying to the Mere Lane Pool…

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Part of my walk today, involved going over the Bumblebee Survey Route. No Problem with the route. But being new myself to Bumblebees, I now know how much harder it will be, compared to the Butterfly survey. Some of them Buzz right by, without a chance of an ID. Also I do have plenty to learn…take this photo for example. I think its a Carder Bee. But I now know there are other species of Carder Bee which look very similar. Also need to learn more about Bumblebee anatomy. For example..I have not got a clue what all those things are hanging down low are…As it got 3 tongues (proboscis)?

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Plenty of flowering White Nettle now…

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The Bluebells are also coming into flower now…

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Magpie…

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Great Tit…

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Sorry! But I can’t resist a singing Tree Pipit photo…

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First Common Heath Moth of the year. This one being a male, and deep in the grass…

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Hoverfly (Syrphus)… On a Dandelion…

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Seemed more Butterflies today. All of which were the commoner species including this Small Tortoiseshell and Green-veined White…

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In the meadow, I found this very small delicate Field Pansy (Viola arvensis)…

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Also in the meadow, found this Sawfly that I have not seen before. Like the spider above, I can’t find the identification. But I will update as soon as I do. Been looking quite a while now. i thought with those red markings, it would be easy to find….

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On my usual drive home, I was a bit disappointed last week, after seeing two possible Skylark nests, and also a possible Lapwing nest site below Enville Golf Club, the farmers decided to plough the field. But today it did get a bit of bird life back, in the shape of this Red-legged Partridge…

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