Other Birds on Colyford Common Scrape
The Stork kept lunging at this Sandpiper, shooing it off, but it kept coming back for more...brave or stupid? Probably just too quick!
Sent it packing.
Now for a bit of other stuff I haven't had chance to get on here. Last Wednesday, well I think it was, I went over to Orcombe Point in the hope of seeing a male Sardinian Warbler. I dipped. It was a lovely sunny day though and I'd been meaning to visit to see the spectacular swathes of Green- winged Orchids which grow on the cliff top pastures here. They were indeed a real spectacle. Having said that I wasn't too sorry to leave because the sunny weather had also brought out swathes of scantily clad holiday makers, the scantily clad ones invariably being the overweight, middle-aged male ones! Euck! It was also most disheartening to see at least one of these oiks ( I mean respected fellow humans) picking an orchid! Polite words from another birder and myself were met with much rudeness and the customary "Well there are loads of them, one wont matter" ... ******* oiks!!
Swathes of Green-winged Orchids.
One of the nicer sights at Orcombe Point!
I've been walking Rex on Axe Cliff for the last few days and though I haven't seen many birds of note I've seen a few interesting bits and bobs, including a new moth for me Adela reaumurella. It's from the family Adelidae or the Fairy Longhorns.
The unofficial common name for these is the Green Fairy Longhorn but I reckon it should be the Hairy Fairy Longhorn, I mean, just look at the two on either side!
The wings are iridescent and look green in some lights and coppery or black in others.
Here the upper wings look green and the lower wings are a bronze colour. It's glaringly obvious why they are called longhorns....
Yesterday I saw my first Common Blue of the year, earliest I've ever seen this species.
Look closely, it's got a passenger!
This Pink Campion is a hybrid between Red Campion and ( believe it or not) White Campion.Whilst walking into the long grass to get this photo I disturbed half a dozen or so of these.
Whilst taking a photo of Green Alkanet this landed on it. Looks pretty scary.
It eats nectar though. It's called Rhingia campestris one of the Hoverflies.
Pretty darn ugly though eh?...But....
...Not as ugly as this!!
I think it's the larva of the Bloody-nosed Beetle? Whatever it is though, it's almost as easy on the eye as the Orcombe Point sun worshippers!