Saturday, 10 August 2019

On This Day 10 August 2019

We have had quite a bit of rain over the past few days with thunder storms and now wind, still staying warm.

At the park most of the wildflowers have gone over , so the Himalayan Balsam is providing much needed food for the insects and the bees. 

There are blackberries ready to be picked on the old car park.

Apart from the birds on the pond, there was very few about, most will have finished breading and often lay low at this time of year. I did see a large group of Long-tailed tits with a few other small birds mixed in , Think Chiffchaff and Blue tit.

There are at leas two families of Moorhen on the pond, one with two older chicks and this pair building a new nest.

Watched the Swan family feeding on the pond weed, had not really thought about what they eat! 

A Mallard with three young chicks, hopefully they will be OK, think the other chicks have been taken by the Seagulls, early on in the season.   

Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus)

Young Moorhen chick

Water Mint (Mentha aquatica)

Saw two Speckled  wood butterfly, at the main "Butterfly patch" 

Mistle Thrush.

Saw two today.

Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus)

10 August 2019 Round pond

Monday, 29 July 2019

Fool's-water-cress (Apium nodiflorum)

29 July 2019*

29 July 2019*, on the edge of the pond.

On this day 29 July 2019

29 July 2019

Went to the park to do a Butterfly count, a new flower, Insects and a Chiffchaff.

Speckled wood
Green -veined -white

Green -veined -white

Fool's-water-cress (Apium nodiflorum) (new)


Small Skipper



Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

Painted Lady

Blue Damselfly , Harlequin Ladybird, Common red soldier beetle





Holly Blue

Holly Blue

Common red soldier beetle


Thursday, 25 July 2019

On This Day 24 July 2019.


24 July 2019.

I am now so far behind updating my park blog, I have been many time but not had the chance to put the photos on the blog. It might have to be a winter thing... getting all my photos sorted.

At the moment we are having a bit of a heat wave, like we do I went out in the midday sun to see the butterflies.

Good numbers of white and brown butterflies, but not landing to ID. I think Mainly Green-veined white, Meadow brown and a lot of Ringlet. Really good numbers of what seem to be Small Skippers with just a few Large. Did see to Comma's , they are much more obliging and will satay for a photo.

As past posts are not on here yet I have been on a bit of a mission to try and ID as many of the Dock plants in the park, Broad, Curled and wood are the main three. But have discovered there are more called Clustered, Fiddle, and up North we can get Northern Dock. I have been photographing and learning about the different seed shapes, which help with ID.

Due to the heat there were very few birds about, and just a few flowers.

Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Wood Dock (Rumex sanguineus)

Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius)

commonly known as bitter dock, broad-leaved dock, bluntleaf dock, dock leaf or butter dock,

Lime, small-leaved (Tilia cordata)


Could be confused with: other limes and hybrids. It is possible to tell true species apart from the underside of the leaf. Common lime (Tilia x europaea) has tufts of white hairs in leaf axils whereas in small leaved lime these are rusty red. Large leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos) has hairs all over the underside. Common lime is a hybrid and is rare in the wild in the UK.

Lime nail gall mite

Curled Dock - Rumex crispus

Small Skipper butterfly

Grass: Timothy - Phleum pratense

Curled Dock - Rumex crispus

Curled Dock - Rumex crispus

Ringlet Butterfly

 With 12 British Willowherb's in the family, some are easy to recognise like the Great Willowherb. 
I photographed this one as it looked a little different to Hoary and Broad-leaved WH. 

I need a more detailed photo of the flower, to help with ID.

Comma Butterfly

 Canadian Fleabane (Conyza canadensis)

Found on the old gravel car park.

Fleabane doesn’t demand much of its habitat: it likes gravel and sand but its size varies with the nutrition in the soil from a few-centimetres-high dwarf in poor places to even a metre (3.3 feet) in more fruitful places. A large plant has many capitula and produces a lot of seed. All in all the species is noticeably flexible, and it can germinate in spring or any stage of the summer: this is the key to its success. As an annual which cannot handle competition it certainly favours open habitats, but these are abundant around urban environments.(LINK)

Curled Dock - Rumex crispus

Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius)

Small tortoiseshell Butterfly