Thursday, 31 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
I found "Ada" the adder basking in her regular patch this morning. See if you can see her in the bottom photo taken from exactly the same place as the close up. You will probably need to click on the photo and then enlarge it but I promise you she is there.
Monday, 28 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
We spotted out first Comma butterfly of 2011 on the lane running down to the beach at Llanbedrog today while out cycling. Sue spotted the Green-veined White as we cycled back now to Edern.
Friday, 25 March 2011
I visted a large badger sett on the coast this morning and was delighted to see signs of activity all around the sett. This sett is huge with at least 12 entrances/exits and badger paths running all along the coast from it. The photos show one of the paths coming out on the top of the cliffs, some fresh excavation at one of the entrances and a large pile of thrown out bedding.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
I spotted this Hoodie on the golf course at Morfa Nefyn yesterday. Not very good photos due the sea fret rolling in at the time and the fact that the bird would not let me get close to it. I suspect this particualr bird had wandered across from Ireland.
The hooded crow is closely related to the carrion crow, which until recently was regarded as the same species. In areas where the two species overlap there may be some interbreeding with hybrids showing a mixed grey and black body plumage. Like carrion crows, hoodies also feed on dead animals. Unlike crows they can be more sociable in the feeding habits and groups of them may be seen together in fields.Found in N and W Scotland, N Ireland and on the Isle of Man, where it replaces the carrion crow. Outside the breeding season it is found across the breeding range and is also found, but scarce in E Scotland and even rarer down the eastern side of England.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
A few stills of the female Adder seen today on Lon Cae Glass.I think she was about 24inches in length and looked to be in good condition having just come out of hibernation. I have not seen Adders basking stretched out like this before, they are usually coiled. I quite often see Grass Snakes stret
The male Common Lizard shown was a very nicely marked specimen. I spotted around 10 of these in various spots on the lane on my walk
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
I went for a walk up Lon Cae Glas at Edern this lunchtime to see if the warm spring sunshine had tempted any Adders out hibernation. Sadly despite an extensive search in the usual favorite spots none where visible. There were however numerous Common Lizards around in sunny spots soaking up the sunshine, I spotted at least a dozen. The litle fella shown was particularly approachable to have his photo taken.
First one of these moths in the garden last night. I left the outside light on to see if any moths were around despite the chilly night aand this moth appeared on the van side. It was too poor lighting to photograph the moth so I borrowed this image from a mate website to show what it looks like. The best moth identifcation website on the web is UK Moths run by Ian Kimber at http://ukmoths.org.uk/