Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Elephants and Tigers in the Garden!

A superb catch of moths in the trap this morning with over 200 moths of about 30 species.  Pick of the bunch were eight hawk moths - 5 elephant and 3 poplar.  There were also several garden firsts including Ruby Tiger and Garden Pebble.
Elephant Hawk Moth
Ruby Tiger
Who needs Africa!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Common Lizard, Bowland

I snatched a few brief hours in Bowland, and given the warm weather decided to look for Adders.  I didn't get any pictures of an Adder but I did see one on the path about 3 metres in front of me.  Unfortunately, it saw me too, and quickly moved off under a rock.  I decided to stakeout the rock to see if the Adder would come back out to bask in the sun, but after nearly half an hour all I saw was some movement in the shade as I think the adder moved further out of view.  However, I did notice something moving on the other side of the rock, which I initially thought was the snake, but was in fact a Common Lizard.  The lizard froze to the spot.  I am not sure if it was aware of me or the Adder but it barely moved for twenty minutes.  Whether the Adder knew it was there or not I don't know but it would have been intriguing to see what would have happened if they came face to face.

Common Lizard, Bowland, Lancashire
There were several summer migrant birds in the area too including Spotted Fly-catcher, Wheatear, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.