Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nightjar '259'

Male Nightjar '259' shortly after having been fitted with a radio-tracking tag in the Forest of Dean.

Buff-tip Moth

The amazingly well camouflaged Buff-tip Moth in the Forest of Dean. These are on the wing through June and July.

Eurasian Woodcock

I can’t imagine how many time I’ve inadvertently flushed a Woodcock whilst walking the Forest. It’s one of those species that’s very easy to get close to accidentally, but you tend not to realise until it’s too late and the bird flies. This one happened to fly in to the Nightjar nets this week, offering a opportunity to get a close-up look at this crepuscular wader.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

The return of the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary is something I look forward to every year. It’s our least common butterfly in the Forest of Dean, and isn’t widespread in the region, but conservation efforts designed to increase the amount of suitable habitat might one day help to change that.