14 May 2018

Baseball birds

Week 13; 31 March 2017 - Hunting and Equestrian Club

Whilst my son was busy with pre-match warm-ups for his Yankee Baseball team, I had a wander around the grounds finding numbers of Common Chiffchaff

Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)

and Red-throated Pipit

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)

Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) not yet in summer plumage
As well as an interesting 'pale' Lesser Whitethroat that may be a candidate for Siberian race of Lesser Whitethroat? If anyone could offer an opinion, I would appreciate it.

Possible Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (Curruca curruca blythi)

Possible Siberian Lesser Whitethroat (Curruca curruca blythi)
Aside from the birds, a couple of small 'blue' butterflies that are probably Asian/Dark Grass Blues

Asian/Dark Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra)

Asian/Dark Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra)
as well as this unusual moth

Rhodometra sacraria
The gardens of the grounds had flower beds where all the flowers were in full bloom, adding a real riot of colour - but attracted little to no insects or butterflies since they are not indigenous.

A riot of colour

And to show I do support my son at baseball, here he is!

Go Yankees

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