I have decided to dust of the cogs again, give them a squirt of WD40 and get the blog posts rolling again....enjoy!
This afternoon Tony and I decided to make the most of the warm weather and pay a visit to the Postensplain area of the Wyre to catch up with the Fritillary butterflies. This turned out to be a good move as we saw good numbers of both Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary during the visit. The other notable butterfly species encountered was Dingy Skipper.
The walk was also productive of the day-flying moth front with many Speckled Yellow encountered, as well as 2 Burnett Companion, 1 Mother Shipton and 1 Common Heath. Three Brown Silver-line moths were also noted. These night-flying moths are easily disturbed in the daytime and these individuals were put up whilst walking through the bracken.
Other interesting invertebrates recorded were a single ♀ Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly, 3 Green Tiger Beetles and an Ashy Mining Bee.
One of the highlights of the visit for me was seeing a ♂ Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting a nest hole with mouthfuls of food. Every time the adult left the nest there was the constant chatter of the juveniles calling...a really great sound, superb!
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Broad-bodied Chaser (♀)