This afternoon I made my way over to the lakes and Scrubby Woods, mainly to try and find some recently fledged young birds to add to the years 'confimed successfully breeding' list. On the way I re-discovered the MANDARIN DUCK with her young skulking in the tangle of broken branches in the Wet Woods. On reaching the lakes I checked up on the COOTS, they still have two healthy young :-) And a CANADA GOOSE paraded 9 youngsters off, I tried to photograph them but they swam away into the sun, I did get get a shot of them, but my battery went, I always carry a spare, so i quickly put that in, then realised I'd picked up the wrong battery before leaving home and this one was flat too.........Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
|Canada Geese with young|
I decided to make my way home and pick up the re-charged battery, then go on to the Tree Nursery for some butterlies, it was swelteringly hot, and hard work taking the photo's but worth the effort, especially as I found a new species for my patch, a SMALL HEATH ( at least I think it is, never seen one before!) This, if confirmed will be the 26th butterfly species for my pittswood patch :-) Other flutters found here were at least 8 Holly Blues, 4 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper, and 2 Orange Tips, making nine species for the day.
|Small Heath - a patch first ? ( Greenie - Dean ?)|
|Holly Blue - This female was constantly being made advances to by a male, but she didn't want to know!|