Its almost two weeks since my last blog post. That's the thing about blogging, as the days lengthen and get warmer there is often more wildlife to look out for. Whilst I have more to write about, I have less time to write it!
Here are a few of the more interesting things that have crossed our paths since the Red backed Shrike graced Boulmer....
Holly Blues continue their fantastic season here at the Howick Obs with daily observations of up to three individuals squabbling over the garden.
|In the bottom photo if you click on it you will see the mating pair plus another male in waiting to the right.|
A nice walk around Craster with Jane and Peggy on the 11th pruduced views of 6+ Bottle nosed Dolphins and a new plant for me, a small Rustyback Fern on the wall. I had been told of its presence here as it is a scarce plant in the county.
|Rustyback Fern Craster|
|Green Longhorn Moth display in a dancing flight over the gorse.|
|Chickweed Wintergreen a lovely flower.|
|A hugely cropped digiscoped Cuckoo for drawing reference!|
|Cuckoo field sketches.|
On Friday at work in our new, very sterile, office I noticed an unusually shaped 'thing' low down on the wall near the back doors. Closer inspection found it to be a spider, and not something I'd seen before. It reminded me of the Garden Centre Spider from a few weeks ago ( still present in our porch). I potted this spider up for a better look. It turns out not only to be new for me, but likely new for Northumberland too, though spiders are very tricky to get onto the record as they always want a specimen or microscope images that I either cant be bother with or am unable to do. see pics below for details.
|Spider Episinus angulatus, a scarce species not found in the NE until now.|
This past weekend added a couple of new local patch species with a calling Cuckoo in Howick and a Redpoll N along the coast path.
|Above, Long eared Owl, Alnmouth Dunes courtesy of John Rutter.|
|Arctosa perita a relative of the larger and rarer Grey Wolf spider we found in the river valleys.|