Thursday, 20 May 2010

More Bothal and a bit of Fontburn

A few pics from Bothal woods yesterday.

Cuckoo Pint i think

Cream Spot Ladybird

Not a Bee but a Greater Bulb-Fly (Merodon equestris)

A Leaf Beetle so I've been told

14 Spot Ladybird

Pendulas Sedge Grass

The wooded banks were covered in Blue Bells and Ransom. The smell was overpowering.

Also had a quick visit to St Andrews church in Bothal. The ground was also covered in Ransom and these fantastic Brown Birch trees gave a nice contrast. Kind of spring meets autumn. Nice.

Today i thought i would save you dear readers, the trouble of checking out Rayburn Lake near Netherwitton. Good job i did because there was nowt there of interest.
list as follows:
Yellow Hammers, Linnets, Reed Bunting, Mute swan, Mallard, Tufty and two Little Grebes. I thought there may be Black Necked Grebe that's why i checked it out.

However, I did come across these two chaps that had been delivered with a pint of milk.

They were very stressed and flapping around in their little prison. Poor things. I didn't know whether to let them go or let be and not intervene. The last time i saw this was up in the Cheviots. I let them go but unknown to me i was being watched by two Game Keepers/Poachers who sped up to me in their Land rover and gave me a right bollocking. So this time i ignored it. Hard to do though.

On the way back to the car i passed this Gym for Moles. They were having a right good workout doing chin ups. One handed as well impressive.

Next onto Fontburn. Nowt here of interest. There was the usual Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Canada Geese, Coot and Chaffinch.

Some nice views of the reservoir though.

Canny morning out.

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