Great White Egret feeding on soft mud now that flood water has receded. Little White Egrets and Black Headed Gulls are also regular visitors in the last few weeks. Picture taken from North Meadow main entrance so not a great picture as it was on the far side of the meadow.
Grey Wagtail seen on Frogsham Meadow in the Willows close to the Causeway road.
Delighted to see the bright yellow/orange of a Clouded Yellow Butterfly fluttering around me as I removed some barbed wire fencing pushed over by the cattle yesterday.
It did settle near me and I was able to get a this photo. They always settle with their wings closed. You can read more about this butterfly on the UKButterfly website which also has pictures of the colourful upper side of the wings normally only seen in flight.
16 Little Egrets on North Meadow today
This male Common Darter Dragonfly was seen flying over the River Thames at the top of North Meadow, occasionally resting on the post at the bottom of the picture. Continue reading “Common Darter Dragonfly”
I disturbed this brightly coloured day flying moth in several locations on my walk this morning.
Saw several Large Skipper butterflies on Friday. The slight chequered pattern on the wings and the prominent dark line (sex brand) distinguish it from the Small Skipper.
Hawthorn, also known as the May-tree, due to its flowering period, it is the only British plant named after the month in which it blooms. Looks stunning at present with its pinky white flowers. Continue reading “Hawthorn”
The Snakes Head Fritillaries are now in full bloom for the 2019 season.
Noticed this Goat Willow next to the River Thames last week on the first of our monthly “Bee Walks”. It provides a very welcome early nectar and pollen source for queen bees which have just emerged from hibernation. Not many bees around yet, still a bit early in the year. Continue reading “Goat Willow”