As you can see this Orkney bird likes East Chevington.
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Plume Moth Sp?
Thought it would be easy to ID, but I failed. It was near a patch of Sneezewort but this didn't help.
Oops sorry didn't mean to include a bird, yet?
Large Yellow Underwing
ound this lying on its back. I should have photographed it before turning it over because the blue underside is stunning.When I did turn it over it didn't move far so I'm not sure it survived.
Plant bug associated with grasses. Less than 1cm in length. The 2nd antennal segment swollen towards the apex made the ID fairly easy. (If I got it right?)
Having seen lots of caterpillars in the dunes this spring it was great to find an adult sheltering in the hide at Druridge.
Easy peasy ... well not so. Look in the Collins Guide and there are several species so it took sometime to convince myself of this ID.
Stem with 2 ridges (one shown here)
Petals > 2x length of sepals
Perforate St John's-wort
I hope ;)
The next two just for fun.
(Daucus carota ssp carota)
I lve the fact that the central flower is usually red unlike the rest.
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Downy Woundwort ... probably Lamb's-ear
no doubt a garden escape
and for comparison
Female flowers on long stalks.
Monday, 17 July 2017
Devil's Coach-horse Beetle
Bobolink on patch this week?
OK it was a very small pheasant. This Wheatear was at the burnmouth, Chevington.
Terns are now visiting the beach and a pair of Arctic Skuas are loafing in the bay. Up to 1000 Common Scoter are in the bay now. A young Kingfisher is also in the area.
Still plenty to see around the bay. Lots of family parties of breeding birds. The first juvenile terns are waiting on the beach for parents to feed them. Sadly the Harriers deserted their nest but they have been very successful in previous years. Waders are returning and who knows what could pass through the area in the next couple of weeks?