Monday, 23 April 2007

Male Northern Wheatear

Cock Wheatears are one of the most attractive of the migrants that pass through on their way to breed. When they fly they show a bright white rump but on the ground their contrasting blue-grey back, black wings and mask and buffish underparts are striking. This was one of two on the short grass of the paddock this morning.

This Brimstone moth, (above) a common species, was the first I've caught this year. as was the Flame Shoulder (below).


tut-tut said...

Where are they on the way to breed?

Tony Morris said...

Some in Northern Britain, up to Scandinavia, Iceland and even up to Greenland.(Small numbers breed in lowland Britain,but most are upland and northern breeders)