Saturday, 11 March 2017

A week of firsts!


Facebook came up with a sighting of a Barnical Goose and a Shoveler at Yeadon tarn, I made the trip up in the rain but didn't manage to fin them on my first visit. Next day the weather was better and both were easy to find. I have not seen a Barnical Goose before. Someone said it could be a escape, but I'm happy to put it on my list.




female Pochard
Mute Swans
BH Gull


The Shoveler was way out in the middle of the tarn, so photos not to good. At first we thought it was a female, but looking closely it is a moulted male.

 


Pussy Willow
Wednesday was a morning at Denso looking for snails and Slugs , got to see some Frog spawn , a toad was under the nature board. A group of visiting school children manage to see Newts as well.



Toad






Thursday was a warm day, the new thermometer shows how warm it can get in the back garden in the sun. I got to see my first Butterfly.. A Comma while out walking the dog.

5pm on Thursday.


I have Joined the Garden Moth Scheme this year for the first time , starting last Friday. First week I caught nothing, but last night managed to catch one of the smallest moths  you will notice. A lovely 

Twenty-plume moth (Alucita hexadactyla)





19 comments:

  1. A week of firsts!
    Oh Amanda, lovely to see all of your photographs here.
    You did well - brilliant!

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, you are so kind, thank you..
      Amanda xx

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  2. Lots of lovely finds there. Well done for spotting your first butterfly and thats a lovely moth you found. Like the barnicle goose too. :)

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    1. Thanks Shazza, back to wind and rain, think all the Butterflies will be tucked back up ..
      Amanda xx

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  3. What a lovely post Amanda - you've had a great week :) Great pics especially that one of the Twenty-plume moth. Two moths here from 2 moth trap outings - will try again tonight if forecast remains dry! Good to see your first butterfly (still waiting here!) although the Bumble Bees are emerging :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, looks like you have caught a few more while I have been away.
      Amanda xx

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  4. Hello, congrats on all your sightings. The Barnacle Goose is pretty. Wonderful series of photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen for the lovely comment.. Hope you had a nice week.
      Amanda xx

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  5. That was a great week! No butterflies up here yet but definite signs of spring! The twenty plume moth is so delicate and pretty - lovely photo :)

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  6. I was wondering if you could tell me which widget you linked instagram to your blog with please. I did have a go but it didnt link directly through like yours and i ended up on different sites. I'm not too good on the techy stuff. Any tips welcome. Blogger dont seem to have their own. Thanks. Cathy

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    1. Thanks Coquet... for leaving a lovely comment, have been over to your blog and left a comment....
      Amanda xx

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  7. Great to see something different on the Dam isn't it, i'm glad they were still around when you went back up! I love the photo of the Swans especially :) Nice that the kids at Denso were able to see Newts, I think things like that can really grab their attention! x

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    1. Thanks Pam, so pleased both birds were still there as I don't go to the Tarn as much as it can be very busy, which is nice but not always great for bird watching.
      Thank goodness for Facebook and Twitter.
      Amanda xx

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  8. Amanda you need a trip to Caerlaverock in winter where you are deafened by the sound of 50,000 Barnacle Geese taking off from their feeding pastures. Superb. Nice little moth too.

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    1. Thanks Stewart, for leaving a comment...Gosh that would be a lovely sight to see...
      Amanda xx

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  9. Lovely to see nature waking up again isn't it, and you have had some nice sightings lately :-) As Stewart says if you do ever get the chance to visit Caerlaverock in winter you won't be disappointed, plus there is usually plenty of other goodies to see as well :-)

    Hope you are well and I do hope you manage to find some free time for birding, mothing and general nature watching soon.

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    1. Thanks David, I love it when things start moving and you can feel the warmth in the sun... today though (SAT) feels like we have stepped backwards..
      Amanda xx

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  10. Some staggeringly wonderful photographs. And thanks for mentioning plume moths. I noticed one in my bathroom earlier this afternoon and wondered why it is that every year I forget what they are called and have to find out all over again.

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  11. Thanks Lucy for the lovely comment, such a lovely moth if you can get to see it close up...
    Amanda xx

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