Lockdown continues but the relaxing of certain restrictions seeks to have gone to some peoples heads, second peak! I think so.
Back to the isolation site and back to nature always great for well being, butterflies again proving difficult with less than a handful of species to boot, Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Small White and a single Large Skipper a first for the year.
Other highlights were Mother Shipton Moth and Hairy Shieldbugs.
The lockdown continues the sun still shines, so it was out again to my isolation reserve.
The butterflies weren’t playing today hard to find and not settling, the ones I found were Dingy Skipper (now showing signs of wear), Orange Tip, a single Peacock, Small Heath today were in abundance.
Was hoping for Common Blue and maybe a Brown Argus but still not showing
Small Heath Butterfly
The sun still shines lockdown carries on and I’m grateful for a little site that I can go to where nobody seems to go to keep my well being good, with insects and photography.
There was good numbers of butterflies about especially Small Heath and Brimstone neither settling, Dingy Skipper once again proving difficult to find, finally managing to get a few shots with one that was a bit more settled, also managed to finally pin down Orange tip, Green veined White, Small White with an added bonus of a Mother Shipton Moth all on the same flowers, two Peacocks were seen along the track also.
Hairy Shieldbugs were still around mainly on the old dandelion heads, and birds around today were Whitethroat, Willow Warblers, Yellowhammer, Goldfinch and Song Thrush
Mother Shipton Moth
With restrictions being lifted slightly now in the UK I ventured out to a local spot, which I knew there would only be me there, so still giving me that isolation that I need, door to door no contact with humans.
Arrived away 9am with sunny spells and a little wind, no butterflies in flight when I arrived so I turned to a few macro shots with the flowers. I found a few subjects to shoot, Daisy’s, Cones and Goats Beard ( see below)
Wasn’t long before I started finding Hairy Shieldbug which I always turn my camera towards, love them. It was finally the turn of the butterflies, they were now on the wing Small Heaths, Orange tips were easy to pick up along with Green veined White, the hoped for Dingy Skippers took some finding but I did finally manage to find two.
Other creature highlights was a single Swollen thighed Beetle along with Oedemera lurida Beetles and a new found for me a Empis tessellata Dagger Fly
Bird highlights were Common Buzzard, Garden Warbler, and Willow Warblers.
A great day out in isolation
Well eight week in now and the easing of the lockdown stated this week with people returning to work, those mainly that can’t work from home, you can also see one other member of your family from a different household but the social distancing still applies, as many times out during the day now but keeping the social distancing of course and you can also travel to your destination, vulnerable and extremely vulnerable remain in isolation.
I’ve turned my attention to macro photography and trying to get used to flash in doing so. The subjects are mainly flowers from the garden and any critters that do come along.
Due to the nice weather we’ve been having off late I’ve seen from the house Common Buzzards going thru, along with Sparrowhawk. The House Sparrows are growing in number, had upto five Woodpigeon in the garden.
Spiders have also taken my attention with a few species ID around the garden mainly Zebra Spiders, Spotted Wolf and Walnut Orb Weavers
It started at week 18 life changed due to Covid 19, it was thrown upside down, restrictions were put in place never seen before in my lifetime, and were to prove difficult. Not seeing family hurts, not been able to visit beloved sites for nature did also, had to improvise for my well being.
I have managed to have been set up so that I can work from home which has been a great support for me at this time.
I turned to the garden for my adventures, not a large garden and I’m no where near a gardener, it’s the last thing on my list.
I started hunting finding a Hairy Shieldbug along with a Small White Caterpillar these became my companions for the first fews weeks giving me light relief, I ended up taking lots of photos, the odd hoverfly came in resting on the dandelions I was cultivating, Sphaerophoria scripta was a great one to see.
I’ve also set up my feeders again, this was stopped due to the local population of cats before but being at home I could now police this a bit better, hopefully. House Sparrows and Woodpigeon soon moved in, taking longer for Blue Tit, Coal Tit, and Starling and Blackbirds have been taking full advantage of the lawn. The local Swift Population returned at the beginning of May with up to Eight birds happily screaming around the houses.