Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday 22nd March

After reading Ken's blog yesterday I decided not to go straight to New Hythe for my spare couple of hours this afternoon. I knew that the nice weather would have brought out the hoards. Instead I ventured up to to Holly Hill en-route in hope a few butterflies and perhaps an Adder.

Orange Underwing


Slow worm

The weather was warm and sunny as I arrived. Too warm for Adder in my experience which disperse quickly when it warms up and are unlikely to be seen under the refugia that I have laid. I did however find my first Slow Worm of the year which was very welcome.

Dotted Beefly

Small Tortoiseshell

Wood Anenome

Also up here amongst the several singing Chiffies I saw 4/5 Peacock, 1 female Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell - my first for a couple of years would you believe and a Orange Underwing Moth. Quite a bit of rustling in the undergrowth was probably the first Common Lizard of the year but I didn't actually see any.

Fox droppings! (note white due to the large amount of bones in Fox diet)

Some early Spring flowers up here included Lesser Celandine, Wood Anenome and Violets.

I then moved onto New Hythe hoping for my first Sand Martin of the year. They have been seen all week here on and off but usually wheel over the lakes when the cloud is lower - no chance of any today as the sky was blue. 2/3 more singing Chiffchaff, several Cettis and 4 male/2 female Wigeon on Abbeymead (new for the year) were notable. I also added a Comma in Brooklands Lake car park for my 4th butterfly species of the day.


At 10:21 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you got out two days in a row!

Nice pics, I like the dappled light on the anemones, not sure about the fox poo pic though (maybe it can be filed under 'interesting sh*t'?!)

The bee fly is interesting - it is Bombylius discolor, the 'Dotted Bee Fly' (rather than Bombylus major, the common Bee Fly). This used to be a UK BAP species but is on the increase so was removed. Still a lot scarcer than the commoner species though (I've never seen one)!

See what you mean about the 'new' water vole spot - got lots of pics on saturday, and went back again on sunday to get some more!


At 4:38 pm, Blogger Warren Baker said...

Like the slow worm pic. Steve. As for the Wigeon i'm well jealous, ive never had one on my patch.

At 6:32 pm, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
Totally agree with you re. the Adders and the sunshine , especially early in the year , a matter of too hot too soon I feel . Early morning viewing only .
Interesting comment by Greg re. the Bee Fly . It isn't even listed in Collins/Chinery 'Insects' .

At 9:03 pm, Blogger Ken Browne. said...

Hi Steve.Nice butterfly shots, and a great close up of the Slow Worm.
I didn't know you was a expert on Fox droppings! Is there no end to your talents?

At 9:59 pm, Blogger Adam said...

Well one on the Small last!!


At 8:43 pm, Blogger John Young said...

Hmm, have to comment on the adder front. Maybe site specific but at Queendown i've been seeing quite content adders from 09:30-midday on the recent sunny days. Didn't realise there were different bee fly species, will have to try harder.

At 2:52 pm, Blogger Kate said...

Lovely slow worm. How do you find them???

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