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Monday & Tuesday.

Not much time to post the last two days.

Waited ages to see this nice Pug. It was a shame it was so high up at the Wardens Office. Its called a Tawny Speckled Pug..

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This Micro Moth must be the smallest I have ever seen. I would guess at the most it was 5mm in length. Its called a Black-headed Conch (Cachylis atricapitana)…

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Linnets…

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There were still 3 Common Redstart on the main Common monday, but none seen today. Not a great flight photo, but it does show the Redstarts red tail off well. In fact the word Start in the birds name, is an old name for Tail. I actually think there has been 4 Common Redstart now. The bottom photo, is not one of the birds we saw saturday….

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Not 100% sure of this photo, but I think its a young Chiffchaff. Its does appear to have both Mites and Ticks, which could explain the scruffy plumage….

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Still photographing every Silver Y I see…

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This is my first ever Brown Argus on the main Common…

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Painted Lady…

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This Brimstone posed so well for me to photograph. Of these two photos, I actually like the back lit photo (bottom)…

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Ruby Tiger on The Wardens Office door frame today…

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Nice to see a posing Yellow Shell in its natural surroundings. Also sitting on top of the Bracken for a change…

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Lastly..I would like to thank Ken Ball for sending me this photo of a Bordered Beauty. This is a moth I have not seen. So I’m a bit disappointed I was at work this morning…

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16.8.15.

Sunday

Only had 5 minutes over HC today. That was just to check Wardens Office walls out for any moths that decided to hang on till 4pm in the afternoon. Glad I did make the effort, because the only moth left there was this stunning Canary-shouldered Thorn. Only the second one I have ever seen, and my first at Highgate Common…

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The main reason I didn’t get much time at HC today, was because Me, Ken and Dave decided to visit two Nature Reserves round the Oxfordshire area….

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At the first site visited… Aston Rowant I saw my first Chalkhill Blues. Although in my opinion any blue butterfly is nice to see. I really love the look of the Brown females in this species. Here are a few Male and Female photos….

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Also at the first nature reserve, I added these really nice Silver-spotted Skippers to my butterfly list…

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After seeing both species of butterfly we had planned to see at Aston Rowant. It was onto the second Nature Reserve- Whitecross Green Wood. This time our target species was Brown Hairstreak. Both Ken and Dave had visited here before, and did not have any success. So it was a fingers crossed visit. Luckily within 10 minutes of being there, we had a beautiful Female Brown Hairstreak feeding low down on some Hogweed. But after about two hours, we must have seen at least six. Here are some of the photos of the duller Males, and the beautiful Females….

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A bonus for me was seeing this very worn Silver-washed Fritillary….

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Unlike HC at the moment, there were loads of Southern and Migrant Hawkers…

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Dave found an Unidentified Shieldbug, with a Red Mite for company…

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Just has we was heading home, we saw this Marsh Tit, collecting Thistle seeds…

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What a Totally Fantastic Day! I would highly recommend a visit to both sites. Obviously timing for certain species is important!

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15.8.15.

Saturday

Mainly sunny this morning, with a temperature of 17ºC.

Really enjoyed this morning’s walk with Ken and Dave. Plus some excellent wildlife of course!

With reports of an Osprey reported from the Wollaston area yesterday, me and Ken decided to check around the Mere Farm Pool area, No Osprey! Just the usual cast:-

Grey Heron…

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Black-headed Gull…

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I do believe this is a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull. But I will check later on tonight…

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Back at the Wardens Office I photographed my first Antler Moth this year. It gets its name from the obvious antler markings on the wings….

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Sandy Carpet…

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I keep looking at these Shaded Broad-bars closely, because they are similar when faded to Leaded Belle’s…

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Willow Beauty…

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Black Arches together today…

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Certain lights at the Wardens Office seem to do better than others one week. Then it changes to another light the next week. This light had on, or round it:- Black Arches, Willow beauty, Scalloped Hook-tip, Pebble Hook-tip and a Lesser Swallow Prominent…

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There seemed to be a bird passage happening on the main Common today. With the highlight being 3 Common Redstart. One Male, One Female, and a Juvenile….

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Also seen in the same area, where Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warblers, and good numbers of Whitethroat…

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Over the last week there’s been good numbers of Linnet. I would estimate at least 50…

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This made me and Ken laugh, a Magpie flew over a Juvenile Green Woodpecker. Not sure if this is a normal reaction, but the Green Woodpecker youngster seemed to be rocked backed on its feet….

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Small Skipper with its proboscis coiled and ready for the Heather its about to have…

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Kestrel fly over…

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Forest Shieldbugs enjoying themselves in the sun…

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Xanthogramma…

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This is my best Dragonfly photo this year. With numbers well down on this time last year. Its was great to see and photograph this male Migrant Hawker…

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Small White…

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Good numbers of Brown Argus about today…

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Now this is interesting. The Hornets nest has survived the winter, and is now becoming really active again in the Barn Owl nest box. Not only is it more active now, you can now see the chewed wood fibre inside. This wood fibre makes the hexagonal cells which will hold the eggs. In time if this is left alone. The whole Barn Owl nest box will be covered in this material…

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This is a first for me, a pair of Common Blue butterflies about to mate…

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14.8.15.

Friday

Heavy rain all morning. 14ºC

With the rain so heavy, only checked the Wardens Office wall out. The Lesser Swallow Prominent’s must not mind the rain. Counted 11 around the walls.

This dark red/brown beetle is new to me. Its called a Brown Chafer (Serica brunnea)…

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The only other thing I photographed, was this Common Yellow Conch (Agapeta hamana)…

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13.8.15.

Thursday

Grey and cool morning!

Didn’t have much time over HC this morning. I only got photos from the Wardens Office. But at least I have a new Thorn Moth to add to my list. This one is a September Thorn….

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The only other photo I got was this Unknown Micro Moth…

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12.8.15.

Wednesday

The morning started off really misty and cool. But once the mist lifted it was really sunny and warm.

Dusky Pearl at the Wardens Office…

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Seen quite a few Purple Thorns, but never with wings open. So this was a nice treat…

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Nice threesome on one of The Wardens Office lights. Black Arches, Ribboned Wave and a Lacewing…

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I was going to post this 1st photo on… can you guess what wildlife it is? But I thought it maybe to hard. But roadkill is a fate that happens to loads of wildlife around HC’s country lanes. A fate this Common Toad is now aware of…In Toad Heaven of course…

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Like I said with my weather of the day, at the top of the page it was quite misty. Which was unfortunate, because when I arrived at The Mere Farm pools there was this Common Snipe. The mist made these photos fuzzy, but its still a good record. Also it took off before I could get nearer…

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While at the pools the mist lifted and you could see more of the Grey Heron filled tree opposite the pools. Obviously still good fishing. There were 11 in this one tree. 3 on the ground, and another 3 in a tree a few yards away…

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There were loads of young Frogs and Toads round the Dog Pool…

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This Meadow Grasshopper came for a closer look at my jeans…

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There are loads of young Willow Warblers/Chiffchaff on HC at the moment. Mainly in the Bracken. But I spotted this Willow Warbler on a tree branch, just above the Bracken…

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Small Copper…

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I saw 3 Painted Lady butterflies today. Took photos of 2 of them…

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Common Blue…

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Comma’s…

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Juvenile Whitethroat…

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11.8.15.

Tuesday

Nice sunny morning, but the temperature had dropped. Only 11ºC early morning.

Usual start at Wardens Office. Spotted this fresh looking Common Wainscot…

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Large Twin-spot Carpet…

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I do believe this is my first Grey Dagger seen at HC. Gets its name from the obvious dagger markings…

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Possible Apotomis turbidana. But I am checking this out…

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This Unknown Spider was really small. Probably only 3-5mm long…

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This female Pheasant was acting really strange. Running from left to right, across my path. Then I spotted the reason. I had probably stopped her crossing the path with her chicks. I saw about 4 chicks, but I think there was more. I was not quick enough with my camera for a good photo of a chick. Mind you they were really moving about fast, looking for Mum…

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