Thursday, May 27, 2010

Elton birds

Another pleasant evening stroll along the river. The Long-tailed Tit was feeding a fledged family of young and the Spotted Flycatcher on of two at the bottom of Back Lane in Elton.

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Canon Powershot SX10

Monday, May 24, 2010

Evening Insects

An early evening stroll along the Nene in Elton after a warm day.

Banded Demoiselle, teneral female

Ephemera vulgata

Harpocera thoracica

Smart mirid bug in the moth trap last night.

Harpocera thoracica, male

Canon Powershot SX10

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cork Moth

First for the garden during a good mothing session last night. There was another first, Epermenia falciformis, although that will need confirmation. 26 species in all.

Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella

Canon Powershot SX10

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Elton Insects

Good selection of birds and insects along the Nene between Berry Leas and The Island.

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens


Small Coppper Lycaena phlaeas

Canon Powershot SX10

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yellow Wagtail

A male that has been lingering, sometimes with a female, around the watersports centre at Ferry Meadows.

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima, male

Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Bedford Purlieus

There have been too many birds on this blog of late so it's time to redress the balance a bit. This collection was snapped at Bedford Purlieus in unexpectedly fine weather today. The Slow Worm was one of three seen and the hoverfly one of many. The latter is assignable to ribesii as it is a female and I can just about make out all-yellow hind femurae.

The longhorn moth is another female, the male would have antennae 2-3 times longer!

Slow Worm Anguis fragilis

Adela reaumurella, female

Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria

Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon

Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula

Syrphus ribesii, female

Canon Powershot SX10

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A new world record

Mike and I set a new record for the number of species seen by bike in a day in Cambridgeshire (or the PBC area). 110 seen by bike and foot in 24 hours. Read all about it here.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Red-rumped Swallow

Not great but this was taken just after relocating it on its second day.

Handheld digiscope with Canon A640 and Leica APO77 x20