Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Crook Peak & Priddy Mineries


Date: 11/08/2015

Location: Crook Peak & Priddy Mineries


Weather: 17.5c Cloudy, No Blue Skies, No Wind 
.Other Species: Common Blue, Gate Keeper, Meadow Brown, Wall, Grayling, Large White, Small Skipper, Silver Washed Fritillary, Marbled Whites.

Birds Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Stonechat, Buzzard, Raven.


Observation: Weather not doing butterflies any favours this year, not the numbers of last year for me anyway. Headed to Crook Peak for a wander just inside gate Common Blues around 4, 3 Male and 1 female male But not stopping so headed up to look for Grayling.
Few Birds on hill.....Green Woodpecker x2


Stonechat with a rather nice Bokken view !


And this lovely Kestrel, hunting on lower slopes


Seemed small areas had a few butterflies then nothing this Wall Brown stopped briefly, there were more on summit of Crook Peak.


Then my target a Grayling.
Not quite the background I wanted but a Grayling all the same .


On Heading back down 2 or 3 Tortoiseshells looking fabulous !


A Large White on budlieia.



The Common Blues at bottom were a bit more cooperative now.



 Even a bit of mating going on !



Can you see Mites ? 


 Next off to Priddy Mineries and into Stockhill Carpark Scraping the roof bars as usual !
More Cloud now so not holding out much hope headed on to the  Mineries saw this Common footman.



 I Think a Nicrophorus vespillo a Burying Beetle. 
Complete with Mite? or Young ? 



Thought i'd look into Woods and saw 6 Silver Washed Fritillarys On Knapweed within 10ft of each other Looking Splendid ,and with Dark Background !


Just gotta love them Eh !!


Thanks For Looking :)