Friday, 30 August 2013

Local Butterflies!

Yesterday I went for a walk around the area, in the hope of finding some butterflies. I went through the fields at the back of our house, and I found my first Small Copper and Common Blue of the area, and best of all, at least 4 Clouded Yellow! This was an amazing find. I shall have a look today to see if there still there, and also, we have had 2 Speckled Wood in the garden, also a first for the garden.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Norfolk Trip Part 1

This holiday is going to be split in to parts, one of the first 3 days, and then of the last 2 days.

Sunday afternoon, we didn't really see much, or take any pics. We just went to Waxham, Horsey and Sea Palling beaches. We didn't see much in the way of birds, but at Horsey I had my first Wall Brown butterfly of the year in the dunes. We didn't have a camera though... typical. We saw a delightful seal family offshore too, with a pup, which was very cute. Waxham didn't produce much but a big Tern colony on the rocks, including Common and Sandwich mainly, but to far away to id further. Sea Palling didn't produce anything apart from tourists and locals on the beach having a great time.

Monday we visited Cley, Salthouse and Holkham. More Wall Browns at Holkham, not much at Cley apart from a few Ruff and a Little Gull. On the beach at Salthouse was Cormorants, and a couple of Dunlin heading towards Cley. We got a Brimstone at the Caravan Site though.

Butterflies From Before Holiday - Landguard, Bradfield Woods and my Grandparents.

Bradfield Woods:


Meadow Brown

Purple Hairstreaks


Silver Y

Silver-washed Fritillary

White Admiral


Their Buddlea

Large White and Small Tortoishell

Awesome Painted Lady


Clouded Yellows

Common Blue

Starling with a Ring

Went to Landguard on Tuesday afternoon to try and see the Wryneck, spent a couple hours searching around the area it had been seen but had no luck. Saw Black Redstart, Whinchat and several Wheatear though.


Saturday, 17 August 2013


Going to Norfolk for 5 days tomorrow, at Sea Palling, so hopefully we will see some great birds. It's been a great week for Butterfly's, with White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary, Clouded Yellow and Purple Hairstreak all seen, photos of all taken.

Full update after holiday

Happy Birding

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Lackford Lakes' Butterfly's

On the Wednesday just gone, Dad and I visited Lackford Lakes again to see how many Butterfly's we could count, and then every butterfly we saw, we had to take a photo of it. We got 16 possibly 17 species of Butterfly around the reserve, which is amazing. We got the more than one of the wardens! Here we go...


Green-veined White

Brown Argus



2 Peacock

Meadow Brown

Large White

Speckled Wood


Red Admiral

Large White

Not Sure

Some sort of Moth


Loads of Corvids

Large Skipper

Poss. Silver-spotted Skipper

I know these are very rare but it's the only thing I can relate it to. Your help please!

Small Skipper


Small Tortoishell

Painted Lady

A Tail-less Small White

Another Large Skipper with a Bumblebee


And finally, Red Admiral

Birds of note included Green Sandpiper and a calling Kingfisher.

If you know I have miss identified one of the butterfly's or you know one that I didn't, please comment your views. As you may have seen, a Great-spotted Woodpecker visited our peanuts yesterday, but no sign today. This is a different individual to last years, because last years had no red cap, where this one has. Picture on previous post.

Hopefully going to Bradfield Woods on Monday for White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.

Happy Birding!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Woody's Back!!!!!

We had a Great-spotted Woodpecker in the garden this morning. First in about 3 months.