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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

On this day 9 June 2018

Skipper

These photos were taken on the 9th June on a very lovely day, the sun was shining and I got to see my first Skipper of the year (not seen one since)

I just wandered round the park and took photos of flowers , insects and birds as I came across them.

Red Clover



Not sure what Bumblebee this was very large and a stripy bottom, could be a
 common carder bumblebee .

It's wings seem very small for such a big Bee.







Buttercups 
At the pond there was a Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly spotted, but I love the reflection these (I think)  Common Blue Damselfly were making on the water.








There was some Mallard ducklings out having a preen in the sunshine.





You might remember we lost the male Swan last month, mum managed to raise two lovely signets .









Bramble flower , Blackberry 


On Kirk Lane Park next to Nunroyd the rose bed is at it's best, and the roses smelled lovely.





On the way out of the park there is a electric box! plot of land .
The fox and cubs wildflower (Pilosella aurantiaca) thrives on the gravel. Sadly they oven cut them down, but they manage to grow back every year.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

On this day 14 May 2018


Cow Parsley


Had a walk round the park looking for insects as it was such a warm day, there are quite s few flowers too. 

Hawthorn
European Larch

European Larch
Although I have seen a  Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) in the garden, this was the first one I have photographed this year.


Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

Hoverfly
I have got to brush up on my skills in naming many of the hoverflies we have in the UK.


Meadow buttercup 


Dandelion seed-head 
Ribwort Plantain
Mistle Thrush
Garden gate

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Willow seeds 


Moorhen



Noted the pond has quite a few tadpoles swimming about in the water.

There are just a few Ducklings on the pond.



There was sad news last week, after all attempts to save the Male Swan it died at the vets . There has not been any updates on the reason why it died. The female swan is still on the eggs and hopefully they will hatch soon.
(photo taken back in Jan 2018)


One of the last insects to come across was this Nomada bee, I have just noted them this year after spotting a few in the garden. Very small  but the yellow stripes on it's abdomen catch your eye.


With over 850 species, the genus Nomada is one of the largest genera in the family Apidae, and the largest genus of cleptoparasitic "cuckoo bees". They occur worldwide, and use many different types of bees as hosts, primarily the genus Andrena. (LINK)



Sat sunning on the path was a small White Butterfly.