Archive for April 10, 2015

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A bright sunny warm afternoon and so I set out to do this weeks butterfly / insect walk around the Tarn. From having no butterflies on the previous walks, the recent days of warm weather had done the trick. A female Orange-Tip was the first seen, followed by a male Brimstone and a small Tortoiseshell all in one area.

Small Tortoiseshell (archive photo)

Small Tortoiseshell (archive photo)

A little further on a Comma was found resting in the vegetation.

Comma

Comma

As I completed my walk Brimstones were again much in evidence with at least 3 males seen.

Brimstone - Butterfly
Brimstone
photo by Natural England (https://www.flickr.com/photos/naturalengland/)

An unusual call plus a bird flying low over the water drew my attention to some submerged wood in the lake on which were perched a pair of Grey Wagtails.

Female Grey Wagtail

Female Grey Wagtail

Male Grey wagtail

Male Grey wagtail

Our Greylag x Canada Goose pair seem to have set up nest again. This will be the third year they have bred here.

Canada x Greylag goose pair

Canada x Greylag goose pair

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Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
European Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)

Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Small Tortoiseshell [sp] (Aglais urticae)
Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album)

Common Carder-Bee