Headed off to Attenborough for a couple of “ticks” that should have been nailed back in May, so with Little Ring and Ringed Plover “sorted” it was time for the bonus species or anything else that might happen along, like a couple of Green Sandpipers, a couple Of Cetti’s Warblers, one of which gave me a lot of ear-ache ! the little devil must have been at arms length ! didn’t see it ’till it shot across from the Tower Hide and into the brambles on the opposite side of the path !
Apart from that little excitement, the day was a bit on the quiet side for Attenborough, as it was earlier at Long Eaton gravel pits, with just a few Common Tern and three Red-crested Pochard s to see.
Long Eaton GP’s. 55 Greylag Goose, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 15 Common Tern, 43Swallow, 7 House Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat. Attenborough NR. Conneries. 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron. Works Pond. Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Gadwall, 30 Black-headed Gull. Clifton Pond. 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 30 House Martin, Yellow Legged Gull. Wheatear Field. Little Ringed Plover, 6 Common Tern.
Called in at a couple of sites this week. Firstly Dersingham Bogs on the Sandringham estate. Supposedly good for Dragonflies but unfortunately when I was there not one to be seen. In fact there was hardly anything around apart from 4 Shelduck and a Kestrel. Desperation crept in and I had to resort to snapping this Horsefly.
So that was a very brief visit. I did spend a bit more time over at Narborough Railway Line. This NWT reserve is a prime spot for butterflies. I saw well over 40 individuals this time last year. This week I got 2 Small Heath, 1 Brimstone, 1 Ringlet and a Battered Common Blue. It really has been a terrible time for our butterflies thus far.
Still, plenty of wildflowers in bloom and this is a good spot for a number of orchids.
Lots of other nice wildflowers around too.
I’ve used a simple reflector on these flower shots to remove some of the shadows.
And a couple of dodgy butterfly shots to finish with some shooting tips.
Completely wrong perspective. Looking down on the subject never works as well as getting down to eye level. Unfortunately it flew before I had chance to get lower. If possible always try and get “eye level” with your subject.
Thought you might be interested in this. It’s the latest report from Ken Orpe, one of the county recorders for Butterflies.
With only one day to go it looks as though June 2012 will be in the top 2 of the wettest June months ever recorded, the consequences of which for our local butterflies is an almost complete lack of them in both gardens and the general countryside. Fortunately we have some great Nature Reserves here in Derbyshire, and wonderful areas of the Peak District which never fail to come up with something, and the last 10 days have not been any different. Three new butterfly species have managed to emerge during this period – the Brown Argus in the Peak District was first seen on the 19th June 2012 at both Longstone Edge (Angie & Alan Seymour) and Coombs Dale (Bill Smyllie); the Ringlet was seen on the 24th June 2012 at Woodside Nature Reserve, Shipley (Jim Steele) and the first Dark Green Fritillaries were seen on the 26th June 2012 at both Coombs Dale (Angie & Alan Seymour) and in Lathkill Dale (Rod Dunn).
Another new species has been recorded since the last ‘Update’ when Ian Viles noted a Painted Lady butterfly feeding on red valerian in his garden at Sandiace on the 24th June 2012. This would confirm that there has been a small migration in to the area as both pristine and ‘tatty’ Red Admirals have been seen recently (Dan Martin had both types in his garden in Belper on the 28th June 2012) and also Silver Y moths have been noted both during the day and also in moth traps at night time. However, no sightings of the Clouded Yellow have been received to date but the occasional ‘plumes’ of warm southerly winds from the Continent may change that situation during July 2012.
As the flight periods of the Spring butterflies comes to a close, there have been late sightings of the Dingy Skipper at Pleasley Pit on the 25th June 2012 (Dave Clay); a late Orange Tip in the Goyt Valley on the 20th June 2012 (Sandra Douglas); and a late record for the Green Hairstreak from Hopton Quarry on the 19th June ( Nikki Mahadevan). Two species that should produce a further brood later in the year have also been noted recently when a Holly Blue was seen on the 25th June 2012 at Allestree
(Steve Plant) and a Wall Brown was noted on the 27th June 2012 in the Goyt Valley (Sandra Douglas).
There have also been sightings of fresh Small Tortoiseshell butterflies recently, the odd ‘tatty’ Peacock, the occasional Brimstone, but the last record for a Comma was at the end of May 2012.
Unfortunately, the proposed meeting to look for White Letter Hairstreaks has had to be postponed due to the fact that the butterfly has yet to be seen in the County, and that a sustained period of warm, sunny and still weather has yet to be encountered in this so called ‘summer’, but hopefully the meeting will take place sometime in July 2012, details of which I will inform you closer to the time of the event.
If anyone would like Kens contact details send me a message and I’ll forward them. The more records he can get the more accurate a picture we’ll have of butterflies in Derbyshire.
Not put a post up for a while from my local spot. Had a few new residents move in recently. A pair of GC Grebes have set up a nest so high hopes for some chicks. There’s also a pair of Kingfishers in the area. Looks like someone has been on the island and put some perches up (not me I hasten to add. It’s a bit irresponsible what with all the nest activity at the moment and you know my viewpoint on the ethics of wildlife photography). GS Woodpeckers set up a nest but I haven’t seen any young? There’s a regular Green Woodpecker on the school fields just behind the pond first thing in the mornings. Caught site of a Nuthatch this morning where the Treecreepers usually are. Didn’t see them though. Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, Mutes and lots of Canada Geese around. Blue, Great and LT tits in the conifers along with Chiffchaff, Chaffinch and Goldcrest. Corvids a plenty. Rook, Crow, Jay, Magpie and Jackdaw and lets not forget the Wood Pigeons bless ‘em. Starling, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, Blackbird and Rabbit finish off the round up.
No Butterflies or Dragonflies around at all but then again the site isn’t prolific at the best of times.
Nice place to spend an hour or two though
- Cotham Flash - 1 Red Kite [over rough grassland then above Pykett's Pond], 2 Little Owl.
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- Attenbrough Nature Reserve - 2 Greater Scaup [with Pochards and Tufted Ducks on Clifton Pond], Yellow-legged Gull.
- Southwell - Common Redstart [preening in garden].
- Budby Pumping Station - 1 Marsh Harrier [female north-west], 1 Osprey.
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- Gedling Colliery - Common Cuckoo [seen and heard].
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