Thursday, 29 July 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Triglav NP, Slovenia

Scarce Copper

Large Wall Brown


I have just got back from a hiking holiday in the Triglav mountains in Slovenia. It wasn't a birding holiday but saw some nice birds and lots of great alpine butterflies. July wasn't a great time for birds, most had stopped singing and it was hard work! Feel free to correct my butterfly ID, I know bugger all about alpine species.
Alpine Chough

White Admiral

Scarce Swallowtail


Thursday, 8 July 2010

Moths & River Warbler

Buff Arches

Magpie Moth

Buff Tip

Dot Moth

Buff Ermine

Privet Hawkmoth

Rosy Footman

Poplar Hawkmoth

Brimstone Moth

Eyed Hawkmoth

With the lull in birds persisting in the patch I have been setting the moth trap in the garden a few times to ease the boredom! With over 40 species found, above are the pick of moths that we have caught (or at least the ones I can ID!!). The only highlight bird wise has been the River Warbler near Haddiscoe which I twitched along with 300 others. It only highlighted how much I hate twitches with people getting really agitated at not seeing the bird and suprisingly very few seemed to listen to the great song, all they were after was a tickable view. I would have been happy to leave having just heard the warbler but just as I was thinking of leaving it showed and showed well. To end a pleasant evening, which also had hunting Barn Owls and Marsh Harriers at the warbler site, a Tawny Owl flew over my head while cycling home and just inside the patch boundaries.