Friday, 20 May 2011

Swings & Roundabouts

Female Cuckoo ditto - record shot

Turtle Dove
Long-tailed Tit
Great Tit - on its way to industrial nest

Great Tit - leaving nest

Great Tit (c) 2011 Margaret Richardson


Common Blue [male]

Common Blue [female]

Common Blue [female underside]

Green-veined White

Red Admiral


Cinnabar Moth

Blue-tailed Damselfly

4-Spotted Chaser - apparently with a gap-toothed grin!

4-Spotted Chaser

Ford Granada - in gold - it's indestructible!

Old machine becomes artwork installation & Great Tit nest provider

(c) 2011 Margaret Richardson

The am contingent had great views of a Turtle Dove (a lifer for some); whilst the pm session had a fantastic fly-past by a female Cuckoo. However, even though the morning group heard a female Cuckoo bubbling 3 times, they failed to catch a glimpse of one. Similarly, in the afternoon there wasn't a single piece of evidence that Turtle Doves are present at this site, despite the weather being more suitable than at any time during the past fortnight. Unfortunately, last week's Grasshopper Warbler completely evaded both sessions. Other sightings during the day included: Reed, Sedge and Willow Warblers, plus a Chiffchaff, a pair of Bullfinches, and a Great Tit nest in a ridiculous place. We had good views of Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in the rough grassland. The Common Blue butterflies had emerged, and we saw a worn Comma, plus Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined Whites, and plenty of the compulsory Orange-Tips. There were several damselflies and 4-Spotted Chasers.

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