Had a quick trip to Hawby and caught up with one of the last Duke of Burgundy of the year - looking in pretty poor condition. Also in the area were Tree Pipit and a juv Green Woodpecker with a parent bird - what a racket it made!!. Later in the day visited Dormans pool and found our first Grayling of the year
Promised the class I would try and get some photographs this evening and managed a couple more butterfly pictures and a grasshopper - amazing creature.
Today I have shown the class I work with - Purple Class at a School in Stockton my blogsite and they liked the photographs of the animals very much. The children then went away and started to draw their own pictures. Hopefully this will encourage them to go out and look for animals and insects themselves.
Watched the England match, thank goodness they managed to win, and then went for a walk around Coatham Stobb. A pleasant evening with some butterflies still about, lots of meadow brown and small heath and our first 5 spot burnet moths - 2 of them, and lots of ringlets around.
Had to go out again tonight as the weather was supberb. Caught up with a Green Woodpecker on Osmotherly Moor, excellent views on the ground. Also saw a Jay and as we passed a tree whilst having a walk we could hear lots of tweeting. As I looked into a hole in the tree I could see three little blue tits looking up at me - so cute. Stepped away and waited and got good views of both parents going backwards and forwards to feed them.
Couldn't stay in the house and do jobs tonight - it was too sunny so went out looking for insects in the evening sun, it was beautiful. Just went to Coatham Stobb for a stroll and managed to see some dragonflies and a rather unusual looking fly. Could imagine it being enormous yet it was so small. Also sigtings of at least 4 Meadow Brown butterflies, our first for this summer.
"Oh no, must be closed." Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary
Green Tiger Beetle
Had a really good day out, travelled over from Swainby to Helmsley then onto the Hole of Horcum and Fen Bog then back via Goathland, Danby and home. The weather improved as the day went on and so did the sightings. Micks walk while I was horseriding was quiet compared to last week but later in the day we got two life sightings of butterflies - Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary at Hole of Horcum and Large Heath at Fen Bog. We also saw several Whinchat and a family of Lesser Redpoll at Fen Bog. Will definately be visiting Hole Of Horcum again as it is so impressive and brilliant for a lovely walk.