Thursday, September 29, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
All Shags which find their way inland along the Nene as far as the Peterborough area or along the Welland as far as the Deepings are invariably called Shaggy. This is the bird Ed and I found the other day, while fishing near the 'green bridge' near where the Deeping High Bank road leaves the Welland towards Spalding. It has roosted on the White Cliffs of Crowland (the water tower by the Crowland Bridge) for the last three nights, including last night.
All Common Seals which find their way inland along the Nene as far as the Peterborough area or along the Welland as far as the Deepings are invariably called Sammy. It is all their parents ever name them. Last year a Sammy was seen outside people's houses in Deeping St James, gaining plenty of publicity, plus a few ignorant fishing types calling for his killing! Last Thursday I found this one near Crowland bridge (next to the White Cliffs of Crowland where Shaggy the Shag roosts). And yesterday, Will Bowell refound it. I think that unless the spotting and pattern changes radically with time, this is a different Sammy from last year's individual.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Posted by Mike Weedon at 8:57 AM
Monday, September 12, 2016
I was at RSPB Minsmere last week, mainly posing for photos for Bird Watching magazine, but also doing a spot of birding. However, perhaps the highlight of the day was this whopper of a caterpillar rumbling along one of the paths. I believe it is a Convolvulus Hawkmoth, which is quite a scarce migrant moth. Caterpillars of this species seem to be variable in colour. But the spots and red 'tail spike' I think point to this moth.
Posted by Mike Weedon at 10:30 AM