Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sparrow at last!

This morning whilst sitting at the back door, my wife spotted some small bird activity in some trees near us. After both of us observing through binoculars for sometime waiting the birds to come out, we saw the humble little House Sparrow. At last. These little birdies have declined over recent years, which is a bit of a worry. That was the only species I managed to spot today due to me having other stuff to do. 
Now yesterday I promised you the pictures of the Purple Hairstreak butterfly eggs, and I hope I do not disappoint thee with the following offerings:
Egg just below Oak bud.

Same egg under microscope.

Another egg placed at bottom of buds.

Again, the same egg magnified.
As you can see, they are very small and under magnification look sea urchin like. In spring when the buds begin to swell in readiness for opening, the egg will hatch and the small caterpillar will burrow into the bud and devour it from the inside. So, for the time being, I have these eggs inside a little sample jar in the fridge keeping them cool. As soon as I start to see the oaks getting ready, I will remove them from the fridge and place them into a small Geotank on my window ledge, ready to watch the happenings of this lovely butterfly.
In the meantime here's the updated list of everything spotted so far:

44 Barn Owl Tyto alba TL994291 13/01/2012
45 Fox Vulpes vulpes TQ761868 13/01/2012
46 Greenfinch Carduelis chloris TQ762838 13/01/2012
47 Redwing Turdus iliacus TQ761838 13/01/2012
48 Jay Garrulus glandarius TM211247 14/01/2012
49 Wren Troglodytes troglodytes TM211247 14/01/2012
50 Bracket Fungi Trametes gibbosa TM211247 14/01/2012
51 7-Spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata TM211247 14/01/2012
52 Purple Hairstreak (egg) Neozephyrus quercus TM211247 14/01/2012
53 House Sparrow Passer domesticus TM188434 15/01/2012

You'll also noticed that I got the latin name for the bracket fungi (No:50).
Till next time ;)

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