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Postby essexbuzzard » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:32 pm

So there you have it. A November diary page, packed with butterflies. Now I wasn't expecting that! :D :D :D

With more glorious sunshine on Sunday, it was time for a walk in Epping Forest. The autumn colours, the blue sky and the sunshine made for a most enjoyable walk.
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This is hornbeam, a native hardwood that was one of the last trees to reach Britain, before we broke off from the continent. It is restricted to south-east England.
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That night,came the first widespread frost of the season.
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Re: essex buzzard

Postby Andrew555 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:00 pm

Great shots from Dungerness essex, the colours of the butterflies and flowers in that light.. :D
I think we all appreciate Autumn forest walking. :)

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Postby Wurzel » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:42 pm

A fantastic array of Coppers Essex :D :mrgreen: I wonder how many more butterflies will be about now the frosts have started arriving?

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Postby David M » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:37 pm

Great haul for November, Mark, though I fear that solid frost might put paid to the bulk of any activity henceforth. :(

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Postby essexbuzzard » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:30 pm

Hi Andrew, yes a walk in Epping Forest or, no doubt, other forests in our country, is one of November s greatest pleasures, especially if it is sunny, as autumn reaches it's final peak.

Thanks Wurzel and David. Yes, I think a few frosts have finished things off. Although I saw a Red Admiral last week, I think my season has now finally come to an end.

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Postby David M » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:08 pm

essexbuzzard wrote:Yes, I think a few frosts have finished things off. Although I saw a Red Admiral last week, I think my season has now finally come to an end.


Mine probably finished on 5th November with a Red Admiral flyby in Abergavenny town centre so looks like my next will be in late February/early March.

This late season has been full of surprises though, so we should all keep our eyes peeled.

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Postby essexbuzzard » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:17 pm

The Hawfinch is now a very scarce, perhaps even rare, British breeding bird, and has probably been lost as an Essex breeder, with just a handful of winter sightings in recent years. But this autumn there has been a perhaps once in a lifetime event- a big hawfinch invasion.

Following sightings on the Essex coast in recent weeks, they have settled in our woodlands, especially those containing hornbeam. We hope they will remain through the winter but equally, they may feed for a few weeks and move on. They are said to be particularly fond of hornbeam seeds and buds. I have never seen one in Britain before, never mind Essex. So today I visited Thorndon County Park, more in hope than expectation. Did I see any? You bet! :D :D :D
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Postby bugboy » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:13 pm

You lucky bugger! I had a wander round Epping Forest yesterday (lots of Hornbeam there) in the hope of finding some but didn't see any... didn't see much of anything to be honest :(
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Postby philm63 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:38 am

Nice find. We have had around 6 locally over the past few weeks, with them showing a preference for cemeteries. Didn't have the free time to go looking regrettably

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Postby Andrew555 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:43 am

Nice one Essex :) A very striking bird.

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Postby Wurzel » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:23 am

Great set of shots Essex :D :mrgreen: - they're a cracking looking bird, fingers crossed their 'invasion' will be the vanguard with Waxwings, interesting Redpolls, Brambling etc all to follow :D
Great catching up on Saturday and cheers for the lift, sorry if I made your car smell of rancid beer, although to fair I'm only partially responsible for that :wink:

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Re: essex buzzard

Postby David M » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:11 pm

Glorious sighting, Mark...a bird I've long yearned to see. Whilst not great for butterflies, this time of year nonetheless provides good opportunities to see other desirable wildlife!

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Postby essexbuzzard » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:57 pm

Thanks, Bugboy. I agree, Epping forest should be suitable. Thorndon Country Park, near Brentwood, is proving most reliable at the moment, with more there again this weekend. Hatfield forest has been good, too, though I don’t know how easy it is for you to get there.

Thanks Phil. Don’t give up,there should be some around for a few weeks at least.

Cheers Andrew, they are indeed great birds, one that I’ve long wanted to see!

Cheers Wurzel, no the car’s not too bad! Good to see you last weekend.

David, you’re right. The good thing about birds, especially near the coast, is that they fill the void in winter, when the flowers and butterflies have gone. If it weren’t for that, I think I would suffer greatly from SAD, as others have said.

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Postby essexbuzzard » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:28 pm

Like many from Wales, across the midlands to East Anglia, we had several inches of the white stuff today, creating a white winter wonderland! :)
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Re: essex buzzard

Postby Andrew555 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:39 am

Wow that's full on! :shock:

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Postby Wurzel » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:41 am

If the recent report from Butterfly Conservation is correct then you'll be enjoying bucket loads of butterflies next season :D

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Re: essex buzzard

Postby David M » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:47 pm

Incredible, Mark! I'm almost envious. We haven't had a flake here in Swansea yet Merthyr Tydfil (a mere 20 miles away) has been inundated and has seen night time temperatures of -10c!!


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