A chance visit to RSPB HQ turned up a Hobby nest with three downy chicks in it, four days from fledging, we were told. The parents defended the airspace around the nest, having dogfights with Kestrels and Sparrowhawks, but the resident Buzzards did not come near.
Saturday, 29 July 2017
From top: Small Heath; Gatekeeper; Small Copper; Common Blue female (with white around the hindwing eyespots); Brown Argus (no white around the eyespots); Common Blue with complete halo of eyes; Brown Argus (with two vertical spots at top of hindwing underside); Burnet Moths mating. All at Burwash Pools.
Friday, 28 July 2017
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
A day out with John and Christine Bulpitt at the Pingo Trail in Norfolk turned up Small Copper, Long-Horned Beetles, Gatekeepers and Ruddy Darter dragonflies. These are quite large insects, but got caught in the web of the Four-Spot Orb Web Spider (female) who packed it up for lunch. A Comma liked the salt on a human hand and remained there for ten minutes or so. Pingoes are small ponds and are home to many species of dragonfly.