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Hugo

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1410 on: June 06, 2018, 07:56:53 PM »
We saw this very friendly and young bird on a footpath today but even our resident bird export Tellytubby couldn't be certain what species it was

DVT

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« Reply #1411 on: June 07, 2018, 07:06:23 PM »
I was at Lake Vyrnwy earlier today marshalling for ThreeCastles Classic Rally - arrived early so visited the bird hide - and saw the very same birds on the feeders!  I had to ask what they were as I was also puzzled ... they are juvenile siskins - they'll get their colour later!  The ones I saw did have a little bit of the yellow colour on the tail feathers, but their distinctively patterned backs were exactly as your pic, and they were with some adult ones.

Hugo

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« Reply #1412 on: June 07, 2018, 08:12:07 PM »
Thanks DVT,   here are two more photos of that little bird, he was a right little poser

DVT

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1413 on: June 07, 2018, 09:06:14 PM »
Here are the ones I saw, plus a rather scruffy adult!
I think yours were younger and the feathers not as well developed.

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1414 on: June 11, 2018, 12:47:14 PM »
More fascinating pictures have emerged of those killer whales roaming off North Wales coast.

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Hugo

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« Reply #1415 on: June 11, 2018, 04:47:19 PM »
Thanks for posting that Steve, it must have been an incredible sight for those people lucky enough to see them.    I remember many years ago a forum member reported seeing an Orca off the Great Orme.

Nemesis

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« Reply #1416 on: June 15, 2018, 02:08:43 PM »
Saw this on our wall. Any moth experts? I think it could be a type of hawk moth.....but could be wrong.
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know.



DVT

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1417 on: June 15, 2018, 02:44:56 PM »
Lime hawk moth, I suspect!

Nemesis

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« Reply #1418 on: June 16, 2018, 08:45:02 AM »
I went to see if it was still on the wall yesterday evening and it was on the ground below the wall. Thinking it could be dead I picked it up whereupon it revealed another pair of wings bearing bright blue 'eyes'. thus I think it is an Eyed Hawk Moth.
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DVT

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1419 on: June 16, 2018, 11:20:19 AM »
Looking at Google Images for Eyed Hawk Moth you appear to be correct.  There are quite a few different hawk moths, we found very large caterpillars in our garden a couple of years ago and they turned out to be the Elephant Hawk Moth!

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1420 on: June 16, 2018, 02:38:19 PM »
It is still sitting where I left it, is still alive, but doesn't seem to want to move.
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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1421 on: June 18, 2018, 11:25:23 PM »
Hit it very hard with a shoe, please!
Fester...
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Nemesis

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1422 on: June 19, 2018, 02:12:13 PM »
 :o It went.........last seen flying up the Orme ! :D
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DVT

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1423 on: June 19, 2018, 04:36:43 PM »
Must be hawk moth season - just found this one by the front door!  I suspect it could be a Death's Head Hawk Moth, judging by the orange underwings with black stripe, also the body stripes ... but the "skull" is not clear and the only one I have ever seen before was twice the size - this one's about 50mm nose to tail.  I cannot find anything else that resembles it, so anyone have any suggestions, please?

Nemesis

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Re: Local Wildlife
« Reply #1424 on: June 19, 2018, 09:12:44 PM »
After consulting my Collins Gem Guide I think you could be right, trouble is quite a few of the hawks look very similar unless you can see the second set of wings. I wasn't sure about the Eyed Hawk until it revealed the under wings with the eyes. The Elephant Hawk looks much like this in my book, but appears to be lighter in colour.
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