Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Derby, Clouded Yellows and Wheatears

Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus, nectaring on Devil's Bit Scabius
We returned from Yorkshire on Sunday, calling in at Derby on the way to see our new great niece Martha, fast growing Eleanor and tired but proud Mum & Dad. I have lots of northern photos to post over the next week.
Yesterday I took advantage of the blue sky to do my Mill Hill transect. The butterfly numbers have diminished since my last visit, but I was pleased to see Clouded Yellows and Walls: Clouded Yellow 2, Common blue 4, Whites 2, Meadow Brown 10, Small Heath 6, Speckled Wood 4, Wall 3.
I then visited Widewater Lagoon and found Wheatears, at least 5 Little Egrets, 3 Clouded Yellows, Common Blues and large whites. I am guessing there has been an influx of butterflies from the continent recently.
Eleanor playing her jumping game
Mill Hill:
Centaury, Centaurium erythraea
Devil's Bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis
Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
Speckled Woods, Pararge aegeria
Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria
Wall, Lasiommata megera
Widewater Lagoon:
Blue Daisy, Felicia amelloides
Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Common Toadflax, Linaria vulgaris
juvenile Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
House Sparrows
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Red Valerian, Centranthus ruber
Viper's Bugloss, Echium vulgare
Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe
Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe

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