A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"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
Friday, 28 July 2017
Marsh Lane NR
Last Thursday B and I made a long overdue visit to Marsh Lane Nature Reserve, near Hampton-in-Arden. It is usually fairly quiet there as it is members only and habitats include a number of pools of various sizes, reedbeds, meadows, woodland, grasslands and meadows and a river.
Pathway from the car park towards several of the hides.
One of the smaller pools - there were lots of dragonflies whizzing around but too far away to identify.
This is Car Park Pool from one of the hides - lots of coots on the water.
We saw many butterflies, in fact, I could kick myself now that I didn't do a Big Butterfly Count while there. Species seen included Large Whites, Small Whites, Large Skippers, Small/Essex Skippers, Ringlets, Gatekeepers (the most numerous species), Small Copper (new for year), Comma, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral. The real highlight came just as we were leaving and, as I opened the car park gate, a Marbled White flew past me. I knew they occurred in small numbers on the reserve but this was the first time I had seen one there.
Worryingly, I did not see one Peacock - have seen very few locally this year.
Not many butterfly photos as they were far too active.
I did try hard to get close-up pictures of Skippers so I could check antennae to see which were Small and which were Essex but as you can see the photos just weren't good enough.
Blackberries starting to ripen and
some are already ripe.
We spent some time in Oak Hide which overlooks Railway Pool watching a
At one stage it came closer to the hide but there was vegetation in the way.
Common Sandpiper (a juvenile, I think) - not the best of photos (heavily cropped).
Cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort.
Railway Pool - view from Railway Hide. We spent some time talking to another birdwatcher who had been twice to see the nesting Bee-eaters in Nottinghamshire - a great coincidence as we had put off our visit the previous weekend and were now planning to go in a few days time.
Wildflowers lined the paths.
(If any id's are incorrect please don't hesitate to let me know).
Seedheads by the car park
I uploaded this photo in mistake - garden photos followed on from the Marsh Lane visit. I decided I may as well leave it on.
A hornet mimic hoverfly Volucella inanis on Astrantia flowers
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