Sunday, 28 July 2013

Insects galore

Overnight thunderstorms failed to turn much up at the pond so with the unusual record of 10 male Pochard flying over the visitor center and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls the visit was a disappointing.
After breakfast we livened the day up with a visit to Harbury Spoilbank where the place was alive with insects. Butterflies seen were Common Blue, 25 Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary long past its best, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, 46 Peacock, Green-veined White and Small Tortoiseshell while moths included amazing numbers of Silver Y with 28 counted along with 3 Cinnabar, 2 Shaded Broad-bar, good numbers of Six-pot Burnet and 3 Yellow Shell. Also Blue-tailed Damselfly and Black-tailed Skimmer noted.

JJ spotted this Canary while on his dog walk near Long Lawford this morning.

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