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Holidays again

Posted in birds, flight, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 29 August 2013 by bramblejungle

Once again I left Oxfordshire for a while to explore the wildlife of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site at Welney and the RSPB reserve at Snettisham, both in Norfolk. Here are just a few shots:

At Welney, a House Martin in flight, a Yellow Wagtail and a Swallows’ nest
House Martin (Delichon urbica)Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)Swallows (Hirundo rustica) on nest

and on the water a Black-tailed Godwit.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

At Snettisham, a Ringed Plover, a Turnstone and a Dunlin
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

So far so good

Posted in "Butts Piece", birds, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 11 August 2013 by bramblejungle

We won’t know until next year (at the earliest) what damage the cold spring caused, but so far things are not looking too bleak: most of the common summer butterflies have turned up except for migrant Painted Ladies and Hummingbird Hawk Moths; Small Tortoiseshell numbers seem lower than usual.

Here are a few shots taken round about over the last couple of weeks, including Small Skipper and Small Copper butterflies (common, but new to me), Common Blue and Brown Argus butterflies, and a few grasshoppers, bush-crickets and damsel-flies, plus a linnet and a juvenile woodpecker

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

6-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)


Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)?

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), f.

Speckled bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima), m.

Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), f

Field grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), m

Magpie moth (Abraxas grossulariata)

Green woodpecker (Picus viridis), juv.

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