Late Butterfly

It was still quite cool yesterday afternoon and was surprised to find a Small Copper in the grass, it looks to be fairly new but was struggling to fly and took to my hand, possibly to absorb some heat.

We have had a lot of Goldfinch at the feeders and we noticed one with coloured rings, Colin from the South Walney reserve has confirmed it was one they ringed 9th October 2012.

Bob and Bri

Early Morning Sun

It was a beautiful morning yesterday, lots of low cloud but the sun highlighting the mountains, see photo.

We came across first sighting of Slime Mould this year, it is quite impressive when it first arrives but in a couple of days quickly turns to mush.

Geese are still flying south and also 17 Whooper or Bewick swans on the same journey.

This morning we disturbed the young Roe deer, have not seen it for a few weeks, it lost it’s mother about three weeks ago but it seems to be coping well.

Bob and Bri

Barn Owl

We also came across the Barn Owl, it was resting in a Willow tree near the south feeders, flew off and settled again between the feeders until disturbed by a flock of Magpies, see photo.

It was one of the best mornings for a long time, skeins of geese flying south but very high, must have seen over a dozen varying in size from 50 to 150.

A fast flying Sparrow Hawk passed through the trees between the feeders and then a Merlin skimmed across the marsh hoping to catch a wader.

Lots of activity at the feeders, a good variety but no sign of the Bullfinch, lots of Goldfinch including a few young still waiting adult plumage, see photo.

Bob and Bri

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Punk Caterpillar

Posted by Ian

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Trawling through the internet (as you do) looks like a pale tussock moth (ever seen one?) caterpillar ,adults wingspan upto 6cm.

Amphibian Ranavirus Disease

I have just been informed that the above disease has been confirmed in Cumbria, the following attachment contains a fact sheet on the subject.
Once established it is impossible to shift, there are no effective measures to treat or control the virus, but being an island does have advantages and hopefully it will not be translocated here.

As can be seen in the report the virus is mostly spread in the warmer summer months when the amphibians are more active, so I will post this blog again next year before the season starts, as a reminder.

Bri

Amphibian-Ranavirus-disease-factsheet_GWH.pdf

Amphibian Ranavirus Disease

I have just been informed that the above disease has been confirmed in Cumbria, the following attachment contains a fact sheet on the subject.
Once established it is impossible to shift, there are no effective measures to treat or control the virus, but being an island does have advantages and hopefully it will not be translocated here.

As can be seen in the report the virus is mostly spread in the warmer summer months when the amphibians are more active, so I will post this blog again next year before the season starts, as a reminder.

Bri

Amphibian-Ranavirus-disease-factsheet_GWH.pdf