Week 22

Well the dinner time patch watching at work finally brought some excitement this week when I found a Holly Blue Butterfly around the top pond area. It was a Red Admiral that caught my eye at first, being the first of the year, when I caught sight of a blue butterfly and first thoughts were of Common Blue, then it landed and on closer inspection, well you couldn’t see my face for the smile. The camera was in the bag and it was then a mad scramble needless to say by the time the camera was primed and pointing in the direction of the Holly Blue it was off. However 15 minutes later it reappeared after catching my eye again flying passed a Large White and settling into a nettle patch, I got the picture and closer looks at this little beauty along with the nettle rash up my arms, joy 🙂
Holly Blue

End of the week (Friday 1st June) saw me back on one of the “Patch” Reservoirs, Langsett, been keeping away from Patch sites due to the Dog Fouling and out of controllable dogs scaring migrant birds I couldn’t watch it anymore and you end up watching where you’re treading rather than the wildlife, that’s the beauty of Old Moor and Potteric Carr. Anyway today saw me at Langsett and as I made my journey I could see the fog and drizzle over the moors and thought I was in for a bad morning but it turned out good, I saw Blackcap, Pied Flycatcher, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit.

Saturday we where at Clumber Park mainly on a family day there were all the usual woodland species but we found this chap in the car when we returned from our walk, beauty 🙂

Longhorn Beetle (Rhagium bifasciatum)
Longhorn Beetle

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