Sunday, 12 August 2012

Youngsters abound despite the weather

August is a poor time in the woods with many birds either in moult or preparing for migration. Still, decent numbers of warblers were flitting about and somehow, despite the weather have produced broods of fledged young. This weekend produced adult and young Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap together with a young Garden Warbler. The resident birds were also showing off their young with fledged Nuthatch, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits in the trees and Meadow Pipit, Linnet and Bullfinch on the fell. A few young Swallows and House Martins were already gathering on the wires but no Swifts about, so they, like the Cuckoos are already on their way back to Africa.
Following on from the other days's Greenshank, a Redshank flew over today, not as rare as the former, but still a good bird.
Snatches of sun appearing from behind the clouds allowed Speckled Wood, Large & Green-veined White, Ringlet and Meadow Brown to fly.

The moth trap had 42 species, with nothing new but some nice moths.

Mother of Pearl

Clouded Border

Playing around with the camera in the garden I found a Comb-footed Spider Enoplognatha ovata. This is a common spider in the garden with a red stripe and translucent legs. It's quite small but tackles prey many times it's own size.

Comb-footed Spider 

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