Sunday, January 16, 2005

Bedford Purlieus

Probably the best bit of old woodland in the area and one of my favourite retreats. A visit looking for the elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and the probably extinct Willow Tit. A female Lesser Spot showed very nicely in the northeast block of Pebblegate Sale but as expected there were no Willow Tits anywhere. Marsh Tits on the other hand popped up all over the place and birds were generally very active.

The relatively mild conditions and warm sun had encouraged an overwintering adult moth out and a Primrose to flower.

Acleris ferrugana/notana (most likely ferrugana based on habitat)

Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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