Over the weekend I managed to fit in a session of ringing with Scouse Ringer, or should I say a hard session of ringing! The RAS (re-trapping adults for survival) was back and proved to be hard work, but was all worth it in the end. The session brought us an okay number of Blackcap with a few just fledged juveniles. There is more information about the RAS here
The day after I had my ringing session I went for a local walk with my family down by my local patch on the River Weaver and saw quite a bit of wildlife... Could anyone identify this butterfly for me?
There are quite a few finches down by the river so I decided to photograph a fairly common finch species the Goldfinch. They are truly wonderful birds.
This is the first Common Blue butterfly I have ever seen so it was rather nice to see.
On the other side of the footpath there is a huge meadow and among those hundreds of flowers I spotted another Common Blue butterfly. Isn't nature just full of surprises?
It wasn't just butterflies and birds that caught my eye today; there were plenty of dragon flies about like this Broad Bodied Chaser (the commonest species of dragonfly in Europe)
Another species of insect that I saw was the Damsel Fly, these are smaller than dragon flies and are generally Blue.
We were followed all the way on our walk by this huge Buzzard. I also got a glimpse of Chunky for the first time in ages, so it was a relief to see him.