Butterflies

Spanish Festoon

Although they are supposed to be present throughout the Iberian peninsula, and in a variety of habitats, today was the first time I recall having across the colourful Spanish Festoon, Zerynthia rumina, a butterfly belonging to the family Papilionidae....
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Animals

Odds and ends from the garden and Southlake

The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from the skies, sometimes soaring...
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Birds

Brief stroll at Fobney Lock

Another visit to the recycling plant, another quick walk round Fobney Lock! There was a bit more activity than last time, mainly ducks, geese and swans but also a nice Little Egret. There are always lots of Mute Swans there and there are quite a few large cygnets. There are still a few dragonflies around as well as the...
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Animals

Short walk at Southlake and in the garden

Not much walking recently due to various ailments but hopefully will get out again more soon.  Everywhere is surprisingly quiet though so I don’t think I’ve missed much.  Southlake has the usual ducks, geese, cormorants and gulls but the fishermen are also out a lot at the moment so they are quite scattered. This Grey Heron was lurking near...
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Butterflies

Still a few dragonflies about and lots of spiders and webs

I am still seeing a few dragonflies despite the generally cooler weather, mainly darters and hawkers.  They can be very difficult to spot on the footpath unless you see them land and even then they seem to blend in perfectly from a distance. Even this mating pair were almost impossible to see until you were almost on top of...
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Butterflies

Hurley Chalk Pit

We recently went to check out Hurley Chalk Pit for future visits as it is supposed to be good for butterflies.  A small setback occurred when I realised I had left my shoes at home and only had sandals and bare feet – not ideal for walking, especially in the drizzle!!  The guidebook also misled us about the distance...
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Animals

In the garden and pond

All of the tadpoles seem to have gone from the pond so there must be lots of little frogs around.  I have seen two or three at the same time but they are really tiny and hard to keep track of. At least two of the original big frogs are in the pond most days and there are also...
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Birds

Knowl Hill Quarry

We happened to be driving past Knowl Hill and hadn’t been there for ages so stopped and had a walk round.  It is one of the few places where you can get a guaranteed view of Red Kites from above as they swoop down into the quarry.  There are also hundreds of crows and gulls which sometimes take off...
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