When the Sun Comes Out

Sunday, May 24th 2015

The Sun came out this afternoon and so too did the insects.  Large Red Damselflies enjoy the sunshine along Risedale Beck and sit on the Nettles waiting for prey.  

Large Red Damselfly

There are plenty of weevils around, varying in colour from green to bronze and just plain brown.

Weevil

A green beetle.  This poor beetle has been renamed several times as we attempt to find its correct ID.  We are still looking!  Usually it can be found in great numbers on Alder leaves but at the minute, just to keep us on our toes, it can be found on nettles, grass  and bridge rails.

A green beetle

And of course the butterflies come out to feed in the sunshine, this one on Bugle.

Butterfly on Bugle

The bird ringers are continuing to check nest boxes.  Today this photograph of an owl chick was taken.  I wonder what it is thinking?

Owl chick in nest box

As all the data is collated and entered into IPMR, it is amazing what we are finding out.  A Tawny Owl still with 2 unringed chicks at High Feldom was first ringed in Folly Plantation, Feldom on 27.05.1998 as a chick and has never been seen since. This is the first time it has been caught again. It is not a record but it is certainly a good age!

Thank you to all the bird ringers who are working so hard to check the boxes and ring all the chicks.


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