Thursday, 5 July 2012

Green & Gold

Now all but the Thursday sessions have finished until September we had 2 One Off Special on Tuesday & Wednesday to somewhere a little further afield.  We were very lucky in this unsettled weather as we remained dry on both days.
Juvenile Green Woodpecker

Golden-Ringed Dragonfly [male?]
On Tuesday we went to a raptor viewpoint, but the best sighting there was a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly - a species of northern latitudes and high ground - not as species I had encountered before.  There were a myriad of moths fluttering at the tips of the conifer branches, so plenty of food for the local Nightjars once the evening arrives.  We did see quite a few Buzzards and one Sparrowhawk, but the raptors were fairly disappointing.  Other birds seen included Jay, Siskin, Coal Tit, Bullfinch, while Crossbills & Goldcrests remained heard only.  At least the going underfoot was easy, which you couldn't say about Wednesday's location. 
Hedge Woundwort
Silver-ground Carpet Moth (Thanks to E. Hediger for ID)
 Juvenile Green Woodpecker about to be fed by the Female
Normally the Wednesday location is pretty dry at this time of the year, but when the weather in July is as wet as a normal February, then you have problems with mud.  before we reached the muddy area we had good views of a family of Green Woodpeckers.  Participants especially enjoyed one youngster begging & receiving food from its parent on a fence post.  Sally spotted some Sundew plants and there was also some crimson lichen, a Heath Orchid & other specialised plants.  We did see a pair of Whinchats, but these were much harder to locate than normal, and everyone was being bitten by midges, so we had to beat a fairly hasty retreat.  Of course we may have seen plenty of specialised butterflies if only the sun had come out, but thick cloud hovered over us all season, but at least it didn't rain. 
Heath Orchid Species
 Tiger Beetle
 Record shot of Male Whinchat
 Record Shot of Female Whinchat
 Record Shot of Female Whinchat
 Is a Large Loudspeaker more aesthetically pleasing then a Golf Ball?
 One for the Train Spotters


Erich Hediger said...

The moth is Silver-ground Carpet. Fairly common locally at least.

Michael Flowers said...

Thanks, I've added that to the main blog text