Brilliant weather, and sure enough between 11 and 12 o'clock 2 White-Letter Hairstreaks appeared on the Bramble flowers to feed , great views.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
This Peregrine was being hassled by another raptor possibly a Sparrowhawk over Squadrons approach carpark this afternoon.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Quite a few White-Letter Hairstreaks in the Elms at Hornchurch CP, same place, although they are mainly staying at the tops. While I was standing there in my wellies in a foot of water a couple came down to feed on the brambles. Should all dry up next week.
Friday, 20 July 2012
At last at last summer is beginning to show it's beautifull face, What! Early yesterday evening around 5.30 in a brief spell of about 10 minutes in warm sunshine I saw aprox; 15 Purple Hairstreaks around a few trees in Hornchurch CP, there must be dozens there. This is all they have been waiting for, it bodes well for the coming week or weeks even. I'm sure these ones are the vanguard for those to follow and we are going to be (inundated) with butterflies and bugs and hopefully the rest of the wildlife. At least there is plenty of flora waiting for them. What a relief this all is I was beginning to feel like a hermit.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Being that I am at an advanced age I have seen many summers and this is by far the wettest, although I must admit memory may fade a bit and become a tad hazy. I do however remember as clear as day not being able to see more than 10 feet because of the pea soup smog, with bus conductors walking in front of the bus with a torch or lamp, a dangerous thing to do, so if you think there are big delays today at times, there were certainly bigger delays then. One of the reasons I am writing this is because I can't get out because it's raining. It's alright for most of you guys, you go to work and are more or less in the dry and enjoying yourselves, I'm retired and have to sit here penning this rubbish or reading somebody elses rubbish. The only consolation is the tour de france which goes on all the afternoon and Bradley Wiggins is about to make history. " Open the cage".
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Despite too much rain and the dire consequences to wildlife rainham has been able to control some of the water After pumping off quite a bit from the purfleet Scrape we saw today LRPs returning, and up to a dozen Little Egrets catching fish. The Spoonbill is still on the pools with Green Sandpipers, Greenshanks keeping it company. Very pleasant day.
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Thursday, 5 July 2012
At last, a bit later than usual for obvious reasons I saw Purple Hairstreaks in one of their preferred spots among the Oaks. It always amazes me how you can find them on the same tree in the same place year after year, not on that tree just opposite but always on that tree. Then again this can apply to other butterflies and most wildlife and for a number of different reasons. 2 years ago quite a good colony of White-Letter Hairstreaks appeared there in some elms, then last year just a handfull, this year none so far.