Tuesday, 20 August 2013
My little old legs did a lot of walking today, didn't think I was going to get out this week because our daughter and the grandchildren are staying with us for the week, but they decided to spend today at (Paradise Park) with friends; Great! So I did part of the Ingrebourne Valley including Bonnetts and the Ingrebourne hill, then Ferry Lane and Aveley Bay riverside. Saw the unfortunate Porpoise Shaun took a photo of, (the flies are devouring it). On my rounds I had 1 Wheatear at Bonnetts, 2 at Rainham Aveley bay riverside walk, 10 Clouded Yellow at Bonnetts, 6 at the Ingrebourne, 1 at Ferry Lane and 1 at Aveley CP, they have certainly shown well this year, it's a pity they don't survive our winter. "What a glorious day".
Saturday, 10 August 2013
The place is looking good for migrants, but it was still a bit of a surprise to pick up a Wheatear and a Whinchat. Managed a couple of (record) shots, with promise of many more birds to come
Friday, 9 August 2013
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Bonnie and I had a relaxing day out today starting at Shoebury near the MOD where I had a Clouded Yellow fluttering around the field near the beach, then on to Southend to the end of the pier and saw quite a few Med Gulls in different phases and a buildup of Turnstones. We ended up having a nice cup of tea and piece of cake at the homely golf club cafe by Two-Tree Island, and also found another Painted Lady butterfly, seems a good year for them.
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Confidently looking again today at the Ingrebourne Valley for the Painted lady, and sure enough there was one, on the Buddleia with a myriad of Peacocks and other butterflies. There it was going up and down at first like a jet propelled Bat, then, settled down to feed on the buddleia. Beautiful butterfly.