Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Club Outing

Kestrel with Grasshopper


Gannets galore
Overheating Jackdaw

Guillemot with young


Went with the Teesmouth Birdclub to Bempton and Flamborough on Sunday. The weather was brilliant and so were the birds. Can't wait to go back and visit Flamborough again in the future.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Last of the Burgundy

6-Spot Burnet moth

Black-tailed Skimmer

Tree Pipit
Green Woodpecker
Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Duke of Burgundy

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

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Bringing wildlife into the classroom.

Barn Owl
Promised the class I would try and get some photographs this evening and managed a couple more butterfly pictures and a grasshopper - amazing creature.


Small Heath


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.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Ringlets galore.

5 Spot Burnet
Broard Bodied Chaser
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.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

A beautiful evening.

Green Woodpecker

Going in.......
.....coming out.

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.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

A Bugs Life.

Scorpion Fly
Scorpion Fly

Meadow Brown

4 Spot Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

Emperor Dragonfly

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.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Looking for 'Woolies'!

"Oh no, must be closed."
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Large Heath

Small Heath

Orange Tip

Lesser Redpoll


Pied Wagtail

Bog Bean

Cercopis vulnerata
Green Tiger Beetle
Cardinal 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.