Archive for March, 2011

Spring at Butts Piece

Posted in "Butts Piece", birds, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , on 26 March 2011 by bramblejungle

Butts Piece was a noisy place this morning, as blackbirds, wrens, robins, great-tits – and the first chiffchaff I’ve seen this year – filled the air with song. Outside the woodland, Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillars in their hundreds were reducing the comfrey to stalks: this is a couple of weeks earlier than I saw them last year (April 11), so I guess the adults will emerge around the end of May.
Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula) caterpillars

Finches

Posted in birds, garden, goldfinch, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , on 24 March 2011 by bramblejungle

There are usually a few goldfinches around here, but today was exceptional: at one point I counted 20 in the garden. Meanwhile, a flock of greenfinches turned up; most stayed in the trees, but one pair headed for the feeders and I caught a shot of a male at the nyger seed.
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