Sunday, 27 June 2010

England 0 Butterflys 3

It was kent, Surrey and West Sussex for Butterfly's today where i added three new species, being two Frattilarys and Silver studed blue and thanks again to Bradders for doing the homework.

Dark green frit

Large red damsel

Silver washed frit

Marbled white

Silver studded blue

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Red Kites

Was working in Birmingham this morning and came home via the M40 for some red kite pics at Stokenchurch near High Wycombe.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Privet Hawk Moth

Monkey rings me today to say his eagle eye wife Julia has found two Privet hawk moths together just around the corner from there home, luckily they were still there late afternoon.

found this at work, think its a Paper wasp nest? comments welcome.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Local bits

A quick look in aveley bay this afternoon finds the unseasonal fem Red breasted merganser found by Andy in the week still showing feeding along the tide line, also Hobby over the tip and many young whitethroat fledged.

A Look at Barking Bay finds the returning female Ruddy Shelduck, Common Terns and several pairs of Oystercatcher.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Common Rosefinch

News filtered through the London network that a 1st summer male Grot finch was showing and singing on Totenham marshes, me and Bradders arrive within half an hour and soon as we get out the car can hear the bird singing.

With an hour passing and a steady stream of London listers arriving we only manage two or three flight views of the very vocal but elusive bird.

common dotfinch

zit n run! a happy Redsy

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Roll on the Autumn!

Spring is officially over! been quite for over a week now and the patch is very,very dead!

So I'm sure some butterfly and moth pics to appear in the near future.

A few pics from the stone barges today.

Azure damselfly

the elusive Garden tiger

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Heath Fritillary

A short trip out to Hockley Woods this afternoon to catch up on Heath Fritillary's which are fresh out this week (thanks for directions shaunboy) with about 20 specimens seen.

Back to Twitching

Pager goes off at 4:05 am! to say that the Marmora's Warbler still showing Gwent, south wales,
5:30 am, Myself, Monkey, Shaunboy and Bradders are in the bradders mobile heading west.

Arriving at 8:30 we are treated to stunning views of the Marmora's singing on a dry stone wall and surrounding gorse.

Monkey can't wait to celebrate!

A visit to nags head (forest of dean) was a first for me, and didn't disappoint with cracking views of both Wood Warbler and Pied Fly.

A pit stop at the near bye Ostritch PH for lunch was well recommended by the faith full good pub guide where a Ploughman's showed well for a short period!


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Dance Crusade!

Some pics from Sundays all day Rave in Orsett/Essex, 7 arenas, lots of DJ's and 10,000 revellers, a very messy day!

Brandon block

dont know him !

Skie 'oldschool'

Avit . . . .

Slip matt

Trance tent

me and Ratpack