Friday 17 April 2020

#DailyExercise continues

We continue to enjoy our walks through a local park and two cemeteries. A couple of days ago, we met this lovely blue tit

and the day before we saw this chiffchaff (though possibly it's a willow warbler, they're very difficult to tell apart by sight and both species are present in both the cemeteries we visit)

There were a few butterflies around including this lovely small tortoiseshell from one of the cemeteries

and this peacock from the community park behind the supermarket

We continue to regularly see bee flies (Bombylius major)

and were very happy to see this seven spot ladybird yesterday

We're still watching the horse chestnut tree as it slowly comes into leaf and the flowers develop

 The sycamore leaves are starting to unfurl too, they always look wonderful

and the white cherry blossoms are in bloom

We have also noticed a good number of interesting gravestones in the two cemeteries, I've posted a selection of these over on my Shapeshifting Green blog, here.


The UK Government is, at the moment, allowing us out for one form of #DailyExercise once a day in addition to visiting the shops (as infrequently as possible), travelling to work (for those with essential jobs that can't be done from home) and medical emergencies including helping those who are self isolating.


RG said...

The peacock butterfly ... I was practicing with iNaturalist the other day and one of the tutorials had some reportings of peacock butterflies and I poked around Edinburgh on the sighting map - there were quite a few reported sightings- some so close together I could not get them to all open ... do you report with iNaturalist?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Rabbits Guy, I don't report with iNaturalist, I send my records directly to the local wildlife record centre or to specific wildlife recording groups (like the UK hoverfly group). I keep thinking I should check up and join iNaturalist.

There certainly are a good number of peacock butterflies in and around Edinburgh at the moment.