Friday, 11 May 2012

Ridiculous Handle-bar Moustache

Today despite the (yet again) rather unpromising forecast we travelled to the woodland with the best understorey in East Yorkshire, and therefore with the highest density of woodland species.  As we booted up outside the reserve we were regaled by a Garden Warbler, and this turned out to be the bird of the day.  We later went on to have great views of 2 different individuals during both sessions.
Although the woodland is surrounded by farmland, I can’t remember when I last saw a Grey Partridge at this site, but today a solitary male was seen in a ploughed sandy field, not far away from a pair of Red-legged Partridge.  Later, as we neared the parking area another Red-legged rocketed out of the wood and across a field.  I was hoping for a Woodcock performing this feat, but we had to put up with a Partridge instead.
Other birds seen included Blackcaps (females too), Chiffchaff, Marsh Tits, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and we heard the ringing laugh of a Green Woodpecker.
The am group went on a detour to see the putative Red-legged Partridge egg.
In the afternoon some of the Longhorn Micromoths with the 'ridiculous handle-bar moustaches' were flying in the shaded sunshine between showers.  Also in the afternoon a discussion was held as to whether the Garden Warbler was nice enough to be kissed.  Jim said they did have a nice, gentle look, but he wouldn't kiss one!
Plants seen apart from the glorious Bluebells included Greater Stitchwort, Climbing Cordyalis, Bugle, Wild Strawberry, Water Avens and even a few Primroses were still hanging on....

Longhorn Micromoth Adela reaumrella
 Climbing Cordyalis
 Garden Warbler - "Kind Enough to Kiss"
 Marsh Tit
 "Corn Dolly" Hoof Fungus

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