Still in week 26 of the year and week 14 of the lockdown and I was having another day out to get my Common Blue Butterflies this time to a new site over near North Cave.
Arriving on site at Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit car park (Location) at around 10am and parking to the sound of a Yellowhammer was a warm welcome, a quick snack and I was off.
A was soon picking up butterflies species on way to the pit, Red Admirals, and Meadow Browns, the walk is along an old railway line lined with flowers, a few hoverflies were seen here Pied Hoverfly being one.
On site I could see plenty of Marbled White Butterflies about and a few great photo opportunities. Common Blue was on site but not settling, need a lot of patience today I think to catch these. During the walk around the site I picked up on Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Large White Butterflies and Moths were Cinnabar, Narrow bordered Five Spot Burnet and Silver Y’s
That was Kiplingcotes I was heading home but found myself passing North cave Wetlands so popped in (Car Park Location), well had to really. So off looking for Dragonflies and Damselflies it would be nice to final catch up with a Black tailed Skimmer here (it wasn’t to be). Damselflies were about Blue tailed and Common Blue Damselflies were the ones I found, the larger dragonflies were Broad Bodied Chaser, Four Spotted Chaser and Emperor Dragonfly. One of the highlights was a Twin lobed Deer fly of which I got lucky with, it landed on my hand but it wasn’t till after I took the photo that I saw it was a female (these can give a nasty bite).
Birds seen around NCW were…. Black headed Gull, Cettis Warbler, Coot, Greylag Goose, Lesser Whitethroat, Moorhen, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, Shelduck, redshank, Swallow and tufted Duck
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and a video diary of the day at my You Tube Channel HERE