Purple Emperors are famed for their love of dog poo and rotten banana skins and there is plenty of both in Fermyn Woods near Oundle. However, we didn't see any Purple Emperors in Fermyn on Wednesday (20th) but a walk through to Lady's Wood was very productive with around 12 individuals coming to the woodland track (no dog poo or banana skin needed). Great animals- big and beautiful and incredible how they can look black/brown and white until the sun catches them just right (such in the last photo).
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Sunday (17th) saw Mike Weedon and I visit Maxey Gravel Pits and Frampton Marsh RSPB. Due to excessive sun and a broken tripod we soon decided a visit to Fermyn Woods near Oundle was in order. However afternoons are no good for Purple Emperors if it is hot (why we didn't go there in the first place I don't know). However Silver-washed Fritillaries showed well and was good to get some decent images.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Saturday, 9 April 2016
Mike Weedon on help with this site.
Monday, 4 April 2016
Monday, 19 October 2015
Been a while since I posted on here- usual excuses but I have also moved out into the fens near the Wash and in particular Frampton Marsh/Kirton Marsh/Moulton Marsh which has been very rewarding birding wise. However this post is about a rare venture out into Norfolk on a bit of a classic day- Isabelline Shrike, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-flanked Bluetail, Pallas's Warbler and Hume's Warbler- what a day. The Shrike and Pipit showed particularly well..
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Another weekend and another Shrike, this time a third for Britain and the first for mainland England. And very nice too; loyal to it's hedge, showy, plenty of supporting cast (Barred Warbler, Red-breasted and Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatears, Redstarts, etc) and a good seawatch at the end.