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A Tale of Two Ends. April 2016
Written by Jos   

Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell

 

An excellent start to April, an excellent end to April, but three weeks of cold nothiness in between! With warm sunny days gracing the beginning and end of the month, the superb selection of butterflies in the first days included a Camberwell Beauty and multiple Yellow-legged Tortoiseshells, while the month's end saw a magnificent eleven species, including Large Tortoiseshell and flights of Holly Blues, Map Butterflies et al.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2016 )
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Baltic Butterfly Challenge, 2016
Written by Jos   

Woodland Brown

 

 

 

Having devoted my diary pages mostly to birds over the years, and to mammals in 2015, I decided to focus particularly on the Lepitoptera of the Baltic States this year, posting monthly accounts through the butterfly season (March-September), also peppered with whatever other wildlife I happen across.

 

 

 

 

My challenge is to see 100 species during the year in the three Baltic States, namely Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, hopefully also tracking down some of the more elusive species in the region.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 August 2016 )
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Azores, Lands of Priolo
Written by Jos   

 

Azores Bullfinch

 

This short trip to the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores was very much aimed at seeking out one of Europe's rarest breeding species, namely the Azores Bullfinch, Priolo in Portuguese. With a world population barely exceeding 150 pairs, all restricted to the fragmented laurel forests on the slopes of mountains at the eastern end of Sao Miguel, the bird is not only the island's only endemic bird species, but the least common of the meagre 13 species of passerines that breed on Sao Miguel.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 March 2016 )
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