Monday, 20 July 2009

Whistlestop Tour

Common Green Grasshopper (Purple Morph) [Thanks to Paul Ashton, Chris Cox & Ben M]
Juvenile Swallows

Puffin - one for you, Ben!
Juvenile Kittiwakes
Painted Lady
Small Skipper
Small Skipper
Caterpillar of Peacock Butterfly
Clustered Bellflower
Where can you go to enjoy wildlife, but also to keep your 10-year-old nephew quiet? Started off in Hornsea to see the clouds of waders reported recently. Unfortunately, there were only a couple of Dunlin and Lapwing, and several wagtails. We couldn't stay there too long as he was too cold, so more waders may have materialised if we'd been able to remain. I hope Ben hasn't started a year list yet, but I began to wonder when he said he wanted to see some Puffins, as he hadn't seen any this year yet! I warned him that late July isn't the best time, but we set off for Flamborough anyway. Although there appeared to be only one Razorbill, and a single Guillemot still protecting its chick, there were still plenty of Puffins to be seen, so he was well satisfied. Also present: Fulmar, flypast Gannets, a juvenile Peregrine, Kestrel, 20+ Shag, Meadow Pipits and Linnets. The Skylarks appear to have vanished along with the vast numbers of Razorbills & Guillemots. There were no waders on the marshy area. We then headed off to an inland butterfly site. The numbers of Marbled Whites are starting to dwindle, but there were still plenty of Small Heath, Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, and Ringlets. However, the creature of the day was the astonishingly-coloured grasshopper at the top of this blog entry. Only need to try & discover which species this is. None of the UK grasshoppers in my books are anywhere as colourful as the photo shows!

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