8.8.15.

Saturday

Another lovely day. 19ºC again. But I’m sure it was warmer this afternoon.

Black Arches was still at the Wardens OfficeThis time on the wall…

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Still love how these Scalloped Hook-tips rest in this tent like posture…

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Highlight of the morning was finding this Rosy Minor. Yet another new moth to my list. Starting to wonder if I will ever run out of new moths to see. I’ve been Moth Watching a few years now…

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This must be a second generation Maiden’s Blush…

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From the Wardens Office, I decided to have a look on Mere Farm Pools. On arrival I noticed at least 10 Grey Herons spread across the distant tree line. I did notice young amongst them, so I mainly put the extra birds down to this…

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As I got closer to the pools, it soon became apparent why there was such a gathering of Grey Herons. Me and Ken a couple of weeks ago noticed the water levels were very low, and the fish were obviously struggling for oxygen. Unfortunately a pool that lacks oxygen soon gets dead fish. There were several round the edge today, some still gasping. The Grey Herons must have thought it was their birthday and christmas rolled into one. I really keep hoping for an Osprey to drop in one day. Not a fish expert, but they look like the photos my mate brings in to work, and he catches Carp…

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While I was there, these Greylag Geese dropped in….

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Back on HC for my walk, I spotted this very large Ichneumon Wasp…

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Common Carpet…

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I often get an itch I can’t reach. I would find this really useful what this Nuthatch can do, to reach its itch…

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A male Kestrel on Goldie Heath…

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Speckled Bush Cricket….

IMG_0962I keep taking photos of Silver Y’s in hope I will get one of the other similar moths. Like the Beautiful Golden Y, Plain Golden Y or even the Gold Spangle…

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Found a new Crab Apple, I haven’t ever noticed this tree before…

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Speckled Wood on Ragwort…

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Painted Lady on Ragwort…

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The first time I spotted this Hemp Agrimony there was some by The Wardens Office. On the night I read how people think its one of the best plants for butterflies. Found some more today, and I must say I have not even seen Buddleia so busy as this was today. This photo with Meadow Browns and Small Skipper…

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Juvenile Chiffchaff…

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In the same Bracken as the above Chiffchaff was this Juvenile Robin…

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Small Tortoiseshell…

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Nice to finally be seeing the usual numbers of Common Darters now. They also seem very happy too…

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The most interesting thing I saw today was this Purple Hairstreak flapping its wings over what looks like an Aphid covered Gall. After each time it did this, it always walked round using its proboscis to taste the Oak Leaf. I do know Purple Hairstreak eat Aphid Honeydew. So I would guess the flapping is how the Purple Hairstreak gets the Aphid to release some Honeydew. Also while this was happening, a number of Ants would walk around the leaf. I’m very sure I saw the Purple Hairstreak flick a couple of these Ants off the leaf with it wings. I have posted these photos to the BC West Midlands group, and Mike Williams is going to kindly share the photos round other Butterfly Groups to see if anyone else as observed this behaviour. Just to confirm my presumptions are correct….

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