Saturday, 29 December 2012
2012 Highlights Part 5 July
Some more highlights! Really do apologise for the length of these posts and amount of photos. Again I've split the post into two.
At the beginning of July I went in search of Spotted Flycatchers at Berkswell churchyard. There was no sign initially but I did find a lovely "mini meadow" of Fox and Cubs (again!).
Just as I was leaving I eventually spotted the bird perched on a gravestone from which it kept flying to catch insects. A very poor record shot - I couldn't get close enough for the 70-300mm lens.
In July we had a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders.
Brian's plan to clear and reseed part of our garden "mini wildflower meadow" in the hope of poppies re-appearing worked and there were dozens of poppies throughout July and August.
Some of the other species include Salad Burnet
St John's Wort
Far more moths were attracted to the trap in July and August
Shaded Broad-bar (New for Garden)
Peppered Moth - a classic example of natural selection in action. Here the light form and another Garden first.
Pebble Hook-tip. What a gorgeous moth - so thrilled with this one and another first for the garden.
Mint Moth - a very colourful micro moth species
Orange Swift (male)
Beautiful antennae on this Willow Beauty
If any of the moth id's are incorrect please feel free to correct me!
At the beginning of July I followed in the footsteps of Edith Holden again and visited Packwood House. On the 7th of July she wrote of being given a beautiful white waterlily from the pool at Packwood House. Today there are two pools one an ornamental pond in the sunken garden and then a larger pool in the parkland so I am not sure which pool she meant! I did find pink water lilies in the sunken garden pool though.
The gardens and house are a delight so a few more photos.
Towards the end of July I went on another "following in the footsteps" quest. This time to Temple Balsall. Edith wrote in the "Country Diary" of cycling to Baddesley and then walking to Balsall Temple (as she called it). She described the area as a beautiful part of the country with "low-lying meadows with sedgy streams meandering through them".
There is a Warwickshire Wildlife Trust there today which I walked around.
Finally finding a Giant Bellflower - a flower she collected and painted.
Back in our garden we found a dragonfly exuvia floating on the pond - I think it belonged to one of the Aeshna or Hawker dragonflies.
On the 3rd August we found a Southern Hawker dragonfly actually in the process of drying its wings.
At the beginning of August Gatekeeper butterflies appeared in the garden. Very few Gatekeepers or Meadow Brown though in the garden this year.