"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Highlights of the Year Part 3 - July - September

Garden Butterflies

A Ringlet visited the garden on 3rd July - the first garden sighting since 2005.

The first garden Red Admiral was seen on 9th July

followed by first Holly Blue 11th July, first Green-Veined White on 24th July

and first Gatekeeper on 28th July


July, August and September produced many more new garden moth ticks - both macro and micro moths

2nd July Heart and Club
Phlyctaenia coronata (photo below)

Also on 2nd July

Bird Cherry Ermine
Crambus pascuella
Agriphila straminella
Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth)

23rd July Scarce Footman
Dark Spinach (photo below)

24th July - Clay (found in bathroom)

30th July - more micro ticks:
Acleris laterana
Tachystola acroxanthella
Agriphila inquinatella

19th August

Garden Carpet
Brown House Moth
Single Dotted Wave (photo below)

9th September produced an Autumnal Rustic (photo below)

plus Vine's Rustic and on 30th September a Rusty Dot Pearl


One of the highlights of August was a visit to a Falconry Display at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens - a great opportunity to get up close to various species of falcon and owl and a chance to marvel at their flying skills in a flying display

Spotted Flycatchers

Throughout July I had checked out a few local churchyards hoping to see Spotted Flycatchers and on 28th July (tipped off by a local birding blog) I struck lucky at Berkswell and was able to watch a family of these lovely birds. They were too far away for photos so just a poor record shot of one of the juveniles below


I spent a happy few hours in the garden at the beginning of August watching and taking photos of various species of hoverfly - below a Marmalade Hoverfly

Brandon Marsh - a Lifer and some "Flutters"

We went to Brandon Marsh on 5th August where we watched a Wood Sandpiper (3 ticks in one here - Year, Warwickshire and a Lifer!)

There were lots of juveniles around - long-tailed tits, chiffchaffs, common tern and lapwing.

I used the telephoto zoom lens to take some butterfly pictures

Speckled Wood


This Oak Eggar moth was a life moth tick although it was very sad to see one of its wings had been torn off and it was unable to fly


We had sightings of up to 6 young newts, at various stages of development, in the garden pond in the middle of July

Dahlias at Baddesley

I always try to visit Baddesley Clinton at the beginning of September to see the dahlia display

and on 18th September we spent a fun few hours at Lapworth Scarecrow Festival

Hope everyone had a good Christmas - I have a new toy for my camera! A macro lens (a joint Christmas and Birthday pressie off Brian and my mom). Looking forward to trying it out although I suspect I am going to have to get used to utilising the tripod more and practising manual focusing!!!


Pete said...

some nice pics. what macro lens? happy xmas!

Ragged Robin said...

Thanks Pete. Macro lens is the Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 macro (I think we discussed it in the past).

Mom was admitted to hospital on Boxing Day so haven't had chance to even get it out of the box yet! Am looking forward to experimenting with it though :D

Tricia said...

Love pics. I'm sure you'll enjoy your new lens and yes, a tripod can be handy.

Do hope your Mom is OK and won't be in hospital for too long!

Ragged Robin said...

Many thanks Tricia - glad you liked the pics and I'll remember the tripod tip!

Thanks for the good wishes re: mom. Hopefully she won't be in too long but she's 85 and very frail and it seems to take for ever and a day for them to discharge elderly patients even after they are better! She already has carers so I am just hoping that will speed the process up although they sent her for an x-ray today so I am now worried that they are rethinking their original diagnosis of an urinary tract infection.