Ramsley Moor near Sheffield
Went out this morning with Sheffield’s ace insect (and other animals) expert, Paul Richards. Our little plan was to try to get an early Adder. Lack of real warming sunshine prevented that. However we scored! A Great Grey Shrike was a surprise find and a Red Kite skirting the edge of Leash Fen was my first ever in the Sheffield area being mobbed by a Buzzard. Other birds included flushed Woodcock, single Crossbill over, 3 Teal on Ramsley res., and a kettle of 5 Common Buzzards. c 10 Red Deer were distant on Big Moor.
Great Grey Shrike on Ramsley Moor. A regular spot for ’em, always good value.
Check out the videos:
Viviparous Lizard– often referred to as Common Lizard, viviparous means gives birth to live young (no eggs to hatch). We watched the Shrike catch a lizard and later found this one trying to warm up (and maybe needing to avoid the Shrike). (photo: Paul Richards)
Excellent lesson in Centipedes and Millipedes from Paul included 2 Lithobius variegatus, ‘Striped Centipede’: see the alternate dark/light bands on the legs. (Paul Richards)
The very pretty lichen Cladonia christatella (‘Red Soldier’) was putting on a good show.