Monday, 5 July 2010

A new week, and the weather is still warm and sunny, - perfect summer conditions.

After work this afternoon I took a walk over to the Lakeside scrub area, hoping to add a Mistle Thrush, or Grey Heron to the months list, but neither was found. In fact it was a typical July afternoon, with just a couple of BLACKCAP singing, along with a CHIFFCHAFF. A SPARROWHAWK was seen going over with an item of prey, but other than that it was pretty dull for birds.

I went and spent some time looking for the Purple Haistreak Butterflies, and after 20mins I saw one perched on an Oak leaf. It was quite high up, and well into the brambles and nettles, unfortunately I was wearing shorts, and in trying to get a photo of the thing I got stung and scratched, and bitten by Mosquitoes :-). I decided to leave it, and got more nettles stings as I retraced my steps back onto the path. Whilst bending down to scratch my itches, a Purple hairstreak came and alighted two feet in front of me - Doh!

Here's the resulting Pictures of it. ( Just for Kingsdowner )

There were also plenty of these Small Tortoiseshell still about, I think their recovery is well under way now.

Dragonflies were on the wing, and I saw a Brown Hawker whizz past, but this Southern Hawker ( I think), settled down for a photo.

This Darter is my first of the year here, I think this is a Common Darter

This last Photo is of a Large Hover fly, Dean can tell me which kind :-)
Cheers Dean: Volucella Zonaria it is - a catchy little name :-)


Phil said...

Hi Warren. Seems like we had a very similar day. I too got Purple Hairstreaks today ( a first for me), and stings and scratches and bites. Nobody knows the perils we face do they.

Claudia said...

Your photos are lovely.

Greenie said...

Warren ,
Still no PH here .
You are spot on with your Odonata ID , and I'll leave Dean to say if your Hoverfly is Volucella zonaria , or not !

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Early for migrant hawkers up here. Nice purple hairs...send some this way wou'ja



Dean said...

Sorry about being late in having a look at your Hoverfly, Warren.
Greenie`s spot on with the id, btw.

I also had a search for PH`s but the breezy conditions weren`t in my favour.

Monika said...

Yikes! At least you got the purple hairstreak photos after getting stung, bitten, and scratched.

Wilma said...

Hi Warren,

don't know how it is that I have missed following your blog before. You always leave such great comments for many of the blogs that I read, but somehow I had never clicked on your's. Guess I'll have to make up for lost time. ;-)


ShySongbird said...

Great to see those PHs, I need to go and lurk around some Oak trees but not in shorts :)

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
Looks like a lot of people are turning to insect pictures cause the birds are not cooperating..... Beautiful set of pictures.....