Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Bloodthirsty little bleeders

The Safari got out onto Patch 1 this evening. Nice sunshine after the earlier rain. the two Swallows were still skimming millimetres over the mown field and a Swift sped by at treetop height. On the rough field was a bundle of grey feathers suggesting that the Sparrowhawks are still in the area but we've not seen them for ages.
Butterflies included plenty of Meadow Browns, Large Skippers and, deffo today, at least half a dozen Small Skippers.
It wasn't an afternoon for standing around to still for too long - squadrons of CLEGGS were out in force - Jeez we hate those nasty, sneaky critters!
A couple of nice flowering specimens of Common Catsear could have been photographed had we not forgotten the camera - left on the hall table by the front door...doh.
Where to next? After the pain of the physiot*rr*rist this arvo if the weather is OK tomorrow might see a short walk out...Bee Orchids and Common Broomrape to count and White Letter Hairstreak to find along with a count of the other butterflies - wonder if we can hold the notebook and pen for an hour or so.
In the meantime let us know what's being a pain in your outback.

3 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Bloody Mossies are a nightmare here dave.

Hope the hand heals up nicely mate

Stu said...

'Cleggs'?

Is that a species' name or some Lancashire slang that I've forgotten about after years of exile?

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Stu - Lancy (and elsewhere Dean/Warren - you use the name?) slang for one of the orriblest critters on the face of the earth. Everyone on the field was doing the 'horsefly dance'!

Cheers

davo