Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Hurcott Pools & Wood Nature Reserve....31/07/2010
The last day of July had arrived and what a warm and sunny one it was! Hurcot N R turned out to be a good choice for an afternoon stroll. Butterflies and Burnet moths were in abundance on the Teasels and Thistles, Comma, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Common Blue not forgetting the Burnet moths which I believe were all Six-spot! Soldier Beetles where out in force...well they would be being soldiers! They were to be seen in great numbers, the majority of them mating! I have read that they have the nickname 'bonking beetles', very apt.lol! Crickets were heard and seen occasionally on the walk up the hill. The long grasses looked a picture as they swayed in the light breeze. Walking along a trodden path between them was a little weird as some were as tall if not taller than me. Not many birds to be seen though Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard x2, Linnets and 7 Mistle Thrush that were perched on one of the telegraph wires were great to see, especially so the Mistle Thrushes! A Dragonfly was darting above the vegetation, I believe it was a Brown Hawker...or maybe a Darter!
It was such a lovely afternoon weatherwise and to see so many butterflies and insects around the patches of wildflowers was a real pleasure.
It was one of those afternoons that you wish would not end. Days like today have been at a premium this summer.