The warm weather has returned, despite being a bit cloudy now and then, with temperatures in the mid to high twenties. Still a trickle of water in the lower reaches of the rio Chillar, more in the middle section now.
A large hopper shot past and landed in the undergrowth. Blended in well with its surroundings but I managed to spot it and get a long range shot.
I tend to expect to see grasshoppers and crickets low down, although the grasshoppers do sit on the outside house walls in Woodley. While picking a few late blackberries though, I saw I was not the only one interested in the fruit… It was about six feet off the ground at the top of one […]
A Cicada was singing so loudly that I spotted it almost instantly. They don’t budge, however close you get, so it makes it quite easy to get the odd photo. I know they are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world but I don’t think I could bring myself to eat one, stir […]
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 […]
I’ve been to the reserve quite a few times now and always enjoy it. There is a small hide overlooking a pond where you often see interesting birds and at this time of the year there were lots of damselflies and dragonflies. It is well known for its butterflies and has a small wildlife garden that […]
I have had a couple of morning walks round Dinton and while there was nothing unusual, I did see quite a few birds and the usual butterflies. On one occasion there were about 20 Brown Hawker dragonflies whizzing back and forth across the footpath but they were much too fast to attempt a photograph. There […]
I have been catching up on my gardening the last couple of days and have been surrounded by baby sparrows, blackbirds, robins and starlings. I haven’t seen as many Blue Tits as usual, just the occasional one on the feeders but I have now got a couple of Goldfinch coming in more often than usual […]
As well as the Silver-washed Fritillaries and the White Letter Hairstreak, I saw many other butterflies, moths and insects while at Homefield Wood. These are just a few of many. I am not sure about the next one, it looked much greyer with a different spot pattern so could be a Silver-studded Blue. The butterflies […]