Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Chasing Butterflies.

First Painted Lady in the garden.

Since my last trip out I have been to many different places looking for wildflowers, and have been lucky enough to find quite a few new ones.  And being out more I have got to see many Butterflies too, which is handy for the Butterfly count going on at the moment. 

Saturdays 20 July
Stainburn Forest

Ringlet, Small Copper, Burnet, Meadow Brown, Green Veined, and Small  Heath were just a few of what I saw.

Tuesday 23 July 
Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits Nature Reserve

I had hoped to see a  White-letter Hairstreak Butterfly, not to day. There is time yest as it was well into August when I have seen them before.
Today Small Tortoiseshell were out. 

Wednesday 23 July 

At the park it was a Comma that caught my eye, such a bright vibrant colour.

Friday 26 July
The day before I had been out on my bike and come across the largest amount of 
Small Tortoiseshell
they were still there the next day , counting over 45 in the first fifteen minuets. There was probably more but it's hard to count when there are so many flying around, including Whites , Meadow Brown and Ringlet. 

Yesterday 29 July was a trip back to the park.
I was not disappointed.
10 Species seen, here are a few.

Green veined White


Meadow Brown

Painted Lady


Holly Blue.

Tuesday 30 July.

Today between the thunderstorms I managed to go a ride along the canal , from Slats mill in Saltaire to the 5 Rise Locks at Bingley.

Reports of a Great White Egret on the canal, and I got to see it. (a first for me)

Ship Mate 

Banded Demoiselle

 Banded Demoiselle

New flower today was
Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia)
growing in the canal

This afternoon has been full of thunderstorms, so no Butterflies venturing out.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Zigzag to Redstart great finds on a sunny day.

14 July 2019

Following on from a previous post about trying to visit all the Yorkshire Reservoirs in the area, last Sunday I took a walk round Fewston .

Fewston Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1879. The capacity is about 3.5 million cubic metres. It can be found from the A59 road.The overflow from the reservoir feeds directly into the adjoining Swinsty Reservoir

I don't know why but we have never walked round this reservoir, below it is Swinsty Reservoir  (seen on map) which we have walked many times over the years. Well it's beautiful... a much nicer walk.

I wanted to get some of the things I saw down on paper, if you know what I mean. There was plenty of wildflowers to see and I managed to find a few new ones, favourite being the
  Zigzag clover,   birds.... especially great to see the Redstart , butterflies, insects and a mating pair of Poplar hawk-moth.

Coming up is a few (LOT) photos, you can wiz through them or come back later to see what you can find, posting it here helps me remember for next year when I have forgotten all the names of the flowers I found.! 

Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris

Wood Sage (Teucrium scorodonia)

Great Wood-rush - Luzula sylvatica (NEW)

Betony (Stachys officinalis)

Slender St John's Wort (Hypericum pulchrum)

Perforate St John's-wort ( Hypericum perforatum)

Fen Bedstraw - Galium uliginosum  (NEW)

Golden Rod – Solidago virgaurea. (NEW)


Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Wood Dock (Rumex sanguineus)

Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)

Skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)

Common Polypody (polypodium vulgare) 

Redstart chick


Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Red Admiral

One of the plants from the Apiaceae Family, 

Wild Angelica(Angelica sylvetris,)

Looking like it had eaten a duck of the reservoir this is  

Wild Angelica(Angelica sylvetris,)

Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)

Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)

Bifid Hemp-nettle - Galeopsis bifida  (NEW)

Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)

  Part of the walk takes you past many old Oak trees

 Zigzag Clover (Trifolium medium L.)   (NEW)

Zigzag Clover (Trifolium medium L.)

Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

Figwort sawfly (Tenthredo scrophulariae)   (NEW)


Poplar hawk-moth

Greylag Geese 

Canada Geese 

St. Andrews Church , Blubberhouses

Have to say there was much more to see, and this walk is going in my top ten.