Friday, 19 August 2016

August visit to mismere

Last weekend with the weather reasonable decided to head to Minsmere first stop was the Sand Martin colony by the visitor centre very active with birds going in and out often in a few big flocks.

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Sand Martin in flight

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Then walked around and followed the path to the beach along the path a group of  at least 8 Little Egrets were hunting in the shallows and a Cetti Warbler showed it self nearby.

At the beach lots of butterflies were on the wing with Grayling, Common Blues and Painted Lady in with the huge numbers of Peacock and Red Admirals and a lone Emerald Damselfly was seen briefly

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Resting Grayling

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Brief stop of the Painted Lady

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One of many Common Blues in the dunes
Then headed to the East hide where had some good wader views with Black-tailed Godwit, Young Avocets with a few Ruffs and Dunlin and Spotted Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. Also on the scrape distance views of a few Little Gulls were seen as well as a the first signs of autum with yellow Wagtail and Wheatears around.

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Wheatear on the way south
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Then stopped at the Curlew watching point where a family of Stone Curlews and a Common Curlew in the heathland through the heat haze first time i managed to see the Stone Curlews here.Then stopped at the Bee Wasps a rare insect species but very intresting to watch them go about their business bring in the dead bees.

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Bee Wasp bringing in the bee

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Bee Wasp coming out the burrows

Then ended the day by spending quite a lot of time watching the butterflies on the buddleia

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Feeding Red Admiral



Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Butterflies at Ferymn Woods

A couple of weekend ago headed down to Ferymn Woods on a nice sunny morning quite a few butterflies around in the first wood a few Silver- Washed Fritillaries around and showing quite nicely and with Gatekeepers and Green-veined Whites in big number with a few Skippers around.

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Green Veined White

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Large Skipper
Then walked through to the second world where I saw a few Purple Emperor including one going for a Spotted Flycatcher and a few Purple Hairstreaks and nice numbers of Silver- Washed Fritillaries but no sign of any White Admirals but a nice family group of Marsh Tits made up for that. On the way back a Meadow Brown was showing well.

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Meadow Brown Side view

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Wing Patterns

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Butterflies at Ferymn Woods

A couple of weekend ago headed down to Ferymn Woods on a nice sunny morning quite a few butterflies around in the first wood a few Silver- Washed Fritillaries around and showing quite nicely and with Gatekeepers and Green-veined Whites in big number with a few Skippers around.

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Green Veined White

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Large Skipper
Then walked through to the second world where I saw a few Purple Emperor including one going for a Spotted Flycatcher and a few Purple Hairstreaks and nice numbers of Silver- Washed Fritillaries but no sign of any White Admirals but a nice family group of Marsh Tits made up for that. On the way back a Meadow Brown was showing well.

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Meadow Brown Side view

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Wing Patterns

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Rathlin Island

While in Northern Ireland recently had a nice day trip to this beautiful island with lovely landscapes covered in Orchids, one field had easily over a thousand an amazing sight.

Walked up though the hills and had a nice selection of moorland species with good numbers of Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and a few Wheatears with the odd Raven and Buzzard which were surprsing difficult to see in Ireland.

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View of one of the Male Linnets

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A nice Singing stonechat

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Meadow Pipit with food for nearby young

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A Young Wheatear
Then walked to the main cliffs and viewing point where there where a nice mixture of seabirds with Fulmars and Kittiwakes patrolling the cliffs with thousands of Guillemots and Razorbills with a few Puffins nesting in the cliffs.

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The Seabird cliffs

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Gliding Fulmar

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Auks on the rocks

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Flying Razorbill

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Flying Guillemot
Also around the cliff and around Ireland Coast were a few Choughs and many young Rock Pipits and historic an upside down Lighthouse.

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Calling Rock Pipit

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Chough in flight

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Calling Chough

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Then headed back to the boat via the seal point thanks to the local bus driver where we had a nice view of the sandy beach and a few pairs of Eiders with their chicks a lovely day out.

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Basking seals

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The bay from the south of the island

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House Martins down to collect nesting materials

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Eider with family