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A bad year for butterflies

Posted in "red kite", birds, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , on 19 August 2016 by bramblejungle

The wettest June recently recorded has been followed locally by low numbers of butterflies, especially small tortoiseshell and peacock. Butterfly Conservation will have a better view of the national picture when they collate the results of the annual count.

Ringlets seem to be an exception, and were doing well in early July

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)

Later there were marbled whites on their usual nectar sources (knapweed and thistles)

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

There have been one or two red admirals

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

and the occasional peacock, but not the usual numbers.

Peacock (Aglais io)

It’s not all bad news: garden birds have been breeding well, the starling colony is still here, and the skies have been full of swifts, house martins and swallows

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Red kites are thriving
Red kite (Milvus milvus)

and ravens – once confined to the western fringes of the UK because of persecution and perhaps pesticides – have made a welcome return.

Raven (Corvus corax)

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Hagbourne ravens?

Posted in birds, oxfordshire, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on 30 March 2008 by bramblejungle

Heard a loud honk – the sort of noise you get when you put a blade of grass between your thumbs and blow hard – but I dismissed it as kids playing. That is until I saw a pair of large black birds disappearing beyond the house opposite. I can’t be sure – they were much bigger than jackdaws, and black from behind – but I’ve heard that ravens have been seen in Oxfordshire recently. Has anyone else spotted them in the area?

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