Late summer adders
As I have quite a bit of free time before going back to work in the coming weeks I decided to visit my local Adder (Vipera berus) site again. Some females were again showing well in a bid to develop their offspring through the weak sun rays. I saw 4 familiar females and what I now believe to be a new female at a different part of the site together with a male who was coming into slough. It’s great that every now and then, despite my regular monitoring of this site that I am able to find a new adult individual. Furthermore, at a different place I have been watching some young Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) learning to hunt over the past week. Their nest site is within a small woodland but they use the open moorland behind it to practise their flying and hunting. I’ve found 3 such areas with young hawks around my village recently which was very nice, each with at least 2 young hawks in the area. Only one of these allowed me to get close enough for some photos.