Friday, 10 June 2016

Beddington Farmlands Walk

On Sunday I joined my old friend Peter Alfrey at Beddington Farmlands for a guided walk. See his blog which has some great photos from that day. Click on link to the right to view that.
Below are some of the photos I took. A few birds seen, but didn't see the one pair of Tree Sparrow that are hanging in there. This was one of the first places I went birding and back then (80's) there were still a lot there and I saw so many great birds (Little Bunting, Tawny Pipit, Pec Sand) to name a few. Today Cetti's sang from the scrub and Whitethroat put on a good show.   Bloodvein moth was a moth which I have seen before but didn't know what it was, the diamondback moths were all over the mound. Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Large White all showed. I had seen there were black-tailed skimmers there a few days before so I was keeping my eyes peeled for that, as we went over the mound one showed and hopefully now I have seen one I will get one more locally.
After the walk a few of us went to the Bedzed Cafe where we saw Painted Lady and heard Goldcrest.

Oedemera nobilis or False Oil Beetle
or Thick-legged flower beetle or Swollen-thighed beetle
Not sure why it has 3 different names.

Red-tailed Bumblebee below

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

What is this below? A shield bug? is it even a insect?

An enjoyable morning and plan to visit again.

Next up a visit to Hayesden again.

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