Thursday, 17 April 2014

Dingies and a Green Hairstreak

Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages

On Monday I visited Pulborough Brooks but didn’t see any Nightingales. I did see the female Great Crested Newt briefly. I tried to photograph the pond skaters again. 
Yesterday I did my weekly Mill Hill transect and saw two new species for the season: a Green Hairstreak and about  10 Dingy Skippers plus 3 Grizzled Skippers and a Wavy-barred Sable moth. A Kestrel perched on a tree at the top of the hill, then took off and glided directly overhead for a wonderful close view. 
Afterwards I did some video work at Arundel WWT and saw the Greylag Goose cygnets for the first time. A Water Vole crossed the path by the reed bed and found plenty of forage to chew on. There were several Lapwings sitting on nests in front of the lapwing hide.
  Click to see the videos:
    Greylag cygnets
    Water Vole eating by path
    Water Vole swimming
    Lapwing preening
Common Pond Skaters  , Gerris lacustris

a Pea Weevil, Sitona lineatus, possibly prey of the Pond Skaters, can be seen at the top of the photo
Pea Weevil, Sitona lineatus and Pond Skaters
Lesser Diving Beetle, Acilius sulcatus
Mallard duckling, Anas platyrhynchos
this little fella was in a pond on one side of the visitor centre while his family of about 11 other ducklings were with mum on the pond at the other side of the building. He was chirping away...

Potamogeton species

Yellow Pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum
Mill Hill:
Blue Bottle Fly, Calliphora vomitoria
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae
Dingy Skipper, Erynnis tages

Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi
taken in complete shade
Greylag Goose cygnets, Anser anser
Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus

Wavy-barred Sable, Pyrausta nigrata

No comments:

Post a Comment

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