Was hoping to head for Trumpington Meadows where Small Blue are abundant at the moment, but I doubt I'd see any as it is pouring with rain at the moment...

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I've seen four UK butterfly species this year that I'd not seen before: Wall, Adonis Blue, Black Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper. Gradually filling the list...

I think two fledged while we were away. One died and was scavenged by garden hedgehog. The other is hopping about on the grass close to the mother, fathe nowhere to be seen.

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Seems to be one huge chick still in the nest. Hedgehog caught eating a dead one that may have fledged prematurely. The parents do not seem to be in and out of the nest though... not sure what's going on

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I usually get complaints of not including a when I post photos of the moon...obviously, people way west of me won't see it for several hours...so this time, I'm posting a photo of Luna as it looked to my phone at dusk yesterday through my 5" telescope. The sky was still blue and the sun hadn't quite gone down...

Look at the claws on this bird! Meadow Pipit at Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire

A flickering glint of charcoal and silver flies past and settles in the green, manifesting as a shimmering leaf in the spring sunshine

Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi

It's a small thing, but having gone to Devil's Dyke to search for Green Hairstreaks (I counted about 20), I saw a fabulous little Mother Shipton on a hawthorn bush! Got a few photos so created a triptych in her honour!


I hear that a couple of immature Glossies have been seen at Berry Fen recently...new incomers from farther south or have the birds bred in East Anglia?

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The chick in our blackbirds' nest looks twice the size of the one that died a few days ago, it seems to be thriving, albeit quite hot under the lean-to. The nests is nestled in one of our grapevines

The parents are to and fro with food all day long

Photographed from a decent distance, 600mm lens

The Chinese Character moth, Cilix glaucata, has evolved to resemble a dollop of avian guano (bird poop) to avoid predation. Nevertheless, it is an exquisite and beautifully delicate species. Its English name comes from the allusion to a pictogram on its forewings.

We get several of this species in our English country garden each summer.


Bizarrely, some of my 205 photos on the GuruShots website have had more than 25k likes from fellow photographers, do check them out if you get a moment


Lots of Grey Herons all over the Fens at the moment. Lots just standing about in water occasionally fishing, many flying in and out of their nests in trees adjacent to the water.

This one in flight across RSPB Ouse Fen (Earith)

The Ardea in the scientific name, Ardea cinerea, means heron, while the cinerea means ashy grey, same etymology as incinerate.

The Curlew is so-called not because it has a curved bill, but for its call. See also unrelated Curlew Sandpiper. The Kite too is not called a Kite because it hovers, but for its call. Indeed the toy kite is named after the bird!


We have had lots of Glossy Ibis spreading their wings around the Fens and the Washes in the last year or two, more commonly seen in Africa, Iberia, and on the Mediterranean.

Here's one of a flock of 9 or so near Berry Fen living up to its name


Please give the photo a boost, be nice that people know about these beautiful birds.

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