Friday 29 May 2020

May days birds and beasts.

Spring has rushed on irrespective of our situation, nature taking advantage of our absence to display in all its splendor, indifferent to a human public but there for all to see, even in cities, just as long as we know how to look.
We are lucky: we have it on our doorstep, and never have I felt so grateful than during this period of confinement.  Now we can go for walks and very recently move within the province, but we’re doing very little of that, preferring to stay home and walk locally.
We should have had several groups from Britain and Denmark but it wasn’t to be. Instead I’ve been out discovering all that has appeared over the last few weeks. 
We've had some major surprises.  
I leave you with the photographs of the birds and the beasts of our local patch.

 Visiting Red-backed shrike
 Red-striped oil beetle laying eggs
Berberomeloe majalis

 Calandra lark

Clouded yellow Colias crocea 
 Northern wheatear
 Thekla lark
 guess who! Cuckoo

European pond turtle Emys orbicularis rescued from the road

 Western dappled white Euchloe crameri

 Feeding time
 Greenfinches and nesting material
Queen of Spain fritillary Issoria lathonia
Sooty copper Lycaena t. bleusi
Meadow brown Maniola jurtina 
 Great spotted cuckoo
 on Harrier watch
 Spanish sparrow 
 Lesser spotted woodpecker

 Bath white Pontia daplidice
 Psammodromus manuelae
 Serin serenade
 Singing on a satellite
 Spotless starling
 Stonechat Linnet Wheatear
 Thekla lark
 Painted lady Vanessa cardui

 Our stork
 Woodchat shrike at sunset
 urban Wren
 Young Stonechat
 Young Woodlark

Melodious warbler

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