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Viridor wood (other wildlife)


Lots of Shaded Broad-bar moths on the Birds Foot Trefoil and vetch patches along with a Tortrix moth I couldn't identify. A couple of Gatekeepers and still quite a few Meadow Browns. Single Brown Hawker whilst a single Migrant Hawker was the first sign of Autumn.

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Great Burnet on the eastern side. Looks like the first post 1930s record!

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Found a couple of Pyramidal Orchids today, as far as I know the first that have been recorded here, but I will happily be corrected on that.

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Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood butterflies aplenty today along with a couple of Commas, but the Small Skippers that have been around in good numbers the last few days seemed to have done a disappearing act today.

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As the Helleborines have started to flower I have seen a few more and there's now around 30 flower spikes in a smallish area.

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18 Marsh Helleborines and 6 Bee Orchids ( the latter well spread out whilst the former in a more confined area) on the eastern side.

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First Butterflies of the year today with a corking Brimstone and a jet powered Comma.

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Singles of Comma and Large White today.

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Last few days around Viridor (west side) have seen quite a few Comma's and Speckled Wood's out and about plus one Red Admiral. There's also been good numbers of odonata with plenty Common Darters, Souther, Common and Migrant Hawkers. I'm also convinced I had Black Darter. It shouldn't be here really, and I cant quite account for it, but unless Ive made a huge ID blunder one female was present yesterday.

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Hundreds of Toads in the ditch close to railway line this p.m

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Painted Lady present this afternoon/early evening

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Bimstone and Speckled Wood this morning.

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8 butterfly as far as i could tell all peacock,

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Lots of dragonfly activity this afternoon.

Brown Hawker 1
Migrant Hawkers/Common Hawker - numerous but always mobile and usually too far away to confirm the id, but based on size most were Migrant. At least 20.
Common Darter -10+
Ruddy Darter 1
I'm also fairly sure I saw a Black Darter. Smaller and more compact than the Commons, much darker too - black actually! 90% sure it wasn't female Common, but its a strange habitat for Black Darter. Anyone got any thoughts?

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Plenty of butterflies this afternoon when I went or a run. Meadow Browns, gatekeepers, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell. Also a couple of teneral dragonflies that I couldn't really get on with no bins!

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Pair of Black-tailed Skimmers on the drain at the far western end, plus a common hawker over the meadow areas.

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11 rabbits feeding on track including at least 3 youngsters.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Tuesday 27th of May 2014 05:21:36 PM

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