Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hoopoe, Green-veined White and a Leaf Beetle larva

Hoopoe, Upupa epops
On Wednesday I visited Houghton Forest and found a Firecrest which stayed high up in the trees. 
  On Thursday I wandered round Arundel WWT then Angmering Woods, where I found an Oak Marble Gall Wasp. 
  On Friday I found an interesting larva feeding on a Violet flower. It is 4mm long and burrowed into the base of the flower where an entry hole is visible. It has been tentatively identified as a leaf beetle larva. The first Bluebells were in flower.
  On Saturday I searched Angmering Woods for the elusive Orange-tip with no result. The temperature was high and I saw plenty of male and female Brimstones, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Peacock, several Commas and my first Green-veined White of the year. I then checked out Climping beach for a Hoopoe which had been reported. I joined a number of other birders and watched it feeding far away. Whenever someone attempted to approach it, it took flight. I remember walking Shadow, our Golden Retriever in Saudi, and seeing three Hoopoes grubbing in the sand nearby just a few metres away. They were used to people and not as skittish as the Climping bird.

Houghton Forest:
Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus

Arundel WWT:
Black-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
dead Mallard duckling under bird feeder
Great Tit, Parus major
Mallard duckling, Anas platyrhynchos 
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris
Marsh Marigold, Caltha palustris
Moorhen chick, Gallinula chloropus
Angmering Woods:
Oak Marble Gall Wasp, Andricus kollari
Oak Marble Gall Wasp, Andricus kollari
leaf beetle larva
leaf beetle larva on Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
leaf beetle larva on Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
hole in base of violet made by leaf beetle larva
Bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta
tiny flowers, id needed please!
Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
Angmering Woods:
Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Daisy, Bellis perennis
Green-veined White, Pieris napi
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Wood Violet, Viola riviniana
Hoopoe, Upupa epops with food

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please select 'Name/URL' from 'Comment as' drop down box and add your name, thanks.