Another visit to Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits. 🙂 26 July 2020.
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On each visit recently I have been looking out for Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on the Ragwort and this Sunday was the first time I have seen them. Some of them a still very small. On a couple of plants I saw some caterpillars but after a walk around the reserve none could be seen on the plant on my return. Perhaps they drop off and go looking for another plant.
In one part of the reserve I did spot a Gatekeeper on each of my circuits. I have no idea if it was the same one. As mentioned in previous blog posts there were plenty of white butterflies around, both Large and Small White.
If my bird ID is ok then there are still some Chiffchaff in the reserve though the only photo I got on this visit was one hidden by branches.Quite near the noticeboard is a space where the low bushes recede slightly to reveal a lot of twisted branches. I had often spotted a bird fly back into the bushes from there but today I was a little slower at approaching the area and noticed a Dunnock and Blackbird with the feathers spread. These birds like to rest with their feathers and wings spread to catch the Sun’s rays. This is thought to help them control pests. The Blackbird has just stood up after noticing me but its feathers are still ruffled.
On numerous occasions I had heard flocks of Long Tailed Tits flitting through the trees but it was only today that I got a decent sight of some of them. They had been staying quite well hidden even though you can tell from the sounds that they are moving through the trees.
I also, yet again took some photos of plants and insects and on this visit a couple of Fungi, one of which I think is Orange Grisette.