Friday, September 25, 2015

Two baby Adders

These little critters, which look just like adults, are the size of worms, not more than four inches in total length!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Large Thorn, new for garden

Easily the highlight of yesterday's catch (from night of 12th) was this splendid, fresh Large Thorn, a scarce and localised species.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Juvenile Bullfinches on Rowan berries

Black Terns, Ferry Meadows CP

Matt Webb found a couple of juvenile Black Terns on Gunwade Lake, Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, last week. They were strikingly different in shade (one much darker) and occasionally 'bickered' and 'played' together.

Common Terns, Ferry Meadows CP

Spotted Flycatcher, Ferry Meadows CP

Pied Flycatchers, Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough

Brian Stone finally saw his first Pied Flycatcher on 27 August 2015. He also found this bird and I went to twitch it. Over the next week, I visited the cemetery several times and spent tens of hours there. In that time, I once heard a callign Pied Fly while watching another one and suspected based on plumage differences that I was looking at at least two different birds. I believe my photos confirm that there were at least two during the first week of September. This was only the second time I have encountered the species in 15 years in the Peterborough area. The last I saw was a few years ago in Marie Barton's amazing garden in Murrow. Both the birds shown here appear to be first-winters and both have well developed 'second' (median covert tips) wing bars, which are not universal on Pied Flycatchers, but can and do occur...
Side-by-side comparison. I think the difference in tertial fringes and fringes on the rump shows these are different birds. But I may be wrong...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Digiscoped Red-footed Falcon, Willow Tree Fen LWT

These images were taken with the aid of Jasmine and Eddie. Frankly, their youthful eyes provide a more accurate focus for the scope!
I risked the wrath of the warden to get this pellet. It is packed full of chitinous carapaces from the beetles the falcon was catching on the ground
I've circled a wing of a Four-spotted Chaser which was stuck to the falcon's underside. Strong evidence of at least one of the dragonflies it had been eating

Friday, August 14, 2015

Red-footed Falcon at Willow Tree Fen LWT

A sneaky bit of twitching just outside the PBC area (tantalisingly close!), near the delightfully named Tongue End. This moulting first-summer male appears to be the same bird as was in Staffs for weeks. It looked a bit tired and apathetic in the cold and I hope it survives...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Yet more Adder action

The familiar female 'Spotty' and a male (lower photo) which I have previously not photographed. According to my first efforts at measuring based on photos, this apparent male is about 75cm long, which is 25% longer than a male Adder should be!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Male & female Adders

As far as I can work out, the big, pale, brown spotted one is a female and the smaller, darker, black striped one is a male. The male, judging from its slightly misty pupil slit, appears to be getting ready to slough.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marbled White

Weekend reptiles

Common (Viviparous) Lizard
Adder (perhaps male?)