Thursday, 24 May 2012

Lunchtime stroll

At lunchtime, in the scorching sunshine, I ventured out beyond the campus, via Queens Wood and across the land adjoining West Park playing fields. On the way I saw Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Long Tail Tit, Jay, Robin, Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Blue Tit, Wren. The view above is  from the top of the hill with the university sports pitches behind me, looking across to West Park. Its a nice open area of uncut grasses, cow parsley with occasional patches of buttercup and bluebells bordered by an assortment of native deciduous trees.

This is the view at the base of the hill, looking towards Spen Lane, West Park Centre is just visible far right, Norman Towers is visible between the trees, left of centre. The grassland is full of buttercups, dandelions and red clover pictured in more detail below. Strangely I spotted only one butterfly in this area today, a Small Tortoiseshell.

Here's the Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on a buttercup. I had a little more luck on the walk back spotting a Holly Blue, two male Orange Tip, and two whites on the wing at a distance. Its a nice patch and one I'll try to visit more regularly.


  1. That looks a very promising spot.

  2. Looks a lovely place for a walk and promising for wildlife too. Great butterfly photo.

  3. I love seeing your butterflies!
    This looks to be nice habitat for them.
    Walking with the camera and learning the flora and fauna in our own backyards really is an exciting way to live.
    Sherry, who dances with butterflies

  4. I could easily while away an entire afternoon there. I love that open field, and the photo of the butterfly. Its antennae are amazing. (hope that's what they're called!) happy weekend to you.

  5. Hello Jonny, yes will try to maintain regular visits to see what appears.

    Hello CB, its a nice lunchtime stroll.

    Hello Caroline, its good to find a range of different habitats relatively near to home.

    Hello Costas, its a lovely area to stroll through.

    Hello Sherry, thanks very much. I agree, to be able to enjoy and learn about the nature around us is a very rewarding interest.

    Hello Ms Becky, thanksfor stopping by, very kind of you, yes they are antennae, I was tempted to stay a while too, but work called!

    Thanks to all for stopping and leaving a comment,best wishes, Linda

  6. A lovely place to explore! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pretty photos!


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