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 :)

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