Friday, 20 August 2010

In between the showers

More wind and rain so just a little toddle over the fell in between the showers. The cock Stonechat still about and nice views of a Green Woodpecker bounding over Daisy Hill. 2 family parties of Mistle Thrush were spread along the  telegraph wires and I did manage to see the Dipper on the South Burn again with a family party of Willow Tit close by. Quick snatches  of both Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff song,  show that there are still some of the warblers around and they haven't all left yet unlike the Common Swifts.
A few Small and Green-veined White plus 2 Peacocks on the garden Buddlejas at home were joined by a very fresh looking Comma. The Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, sometimes called the marmalade hoverfly is increasing steadily in the garden with probably well over 20 present, most on the late-flowering Lilies. As well as the residents ones, they are also migratory, and at this time can form dense swarms, which may cause panic among people for its resemblance to wasps.

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