Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Blowing in the wind

After all the rain yesterday,  the sun got out at times today but it was very blustery.  There was a noticeable, if light,  passage of Swallows flying south and 2 single Common Swifts also passed through. Around 40 House Martins, the most over the house for very many weeks seemed to be content to stay and feed and noticeably they all appeared to be juveniles. I could not see one adult amongst them.
In the garden the buddlejas held a good collection of butterflies with Small, Large and Green-veined White, Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell plus 2 Silver Y moths, They were doing an amazing job hanging onto the flowers in the wind making it impossible to photograph them.

Managed to get round to identifying the hoverfly in the fridge from the other day. It is Platycheirus clypeatus, a common species,  but most abundantly in damp grassland including pond, stream and ditch margins. They also visit a wide range of flowers including sedges and grasses

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