It certainly feels as though the Summer is fading away, despite the heat of the day. Fewer species about and those that are still showing are looking a little bit faded and tired, a little like how I feel it seems!!
Meeting Nigel for our regular Wednesday walk we were hoping to find a few late insects of various sorts. The first bit of interest though came in the form of a very pale Buzzard. Looking at the Collins guide it is almost certainly a juvenile. Whilst flying over it was mobbed by a Hobby.
Pale Juvenile Buzzard.
In the ditches we found a few of the nationally rare Fen Raft Spiders. A few still carrying egg cases as well as many youngsters. In one spot we could see around 20 spiders.
Female Fen Raft Spider with egg case.
All the time we were seeing Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters. Butterflies were made up of mainly Small Heath, Clouded Yellow and Red Admirals. We also came across a large flock of Yellow Wagtail amongst the cattle, a few Wheatears and a Whinchat.
Male Migrant Hawker.
For all my friends and followers that live in the UK it would be very much appreciated if you could sign the petition to stop the Badger Cull. There is so much wrong with this cull, and could actually be making things worse according to many top scientists. petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165672