Sunny spring weekend

On Saturday in nice weather I explored an upland site for adders (Vipera berus) and I was disappointed to only find three males, although one was a very nice individual. There had been evidence of a lot of disturbance at this site which I don’t visit very often due to the amount of people who go there to see the adders. However, we met a nice couple there who work closely with the adders in a way which is productive to the animals and their conservation. On Sunday in equally nice weather we did a nice walk in West Yorkshire, seeing the usual upland bird species and a few common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) enjoying the sunshine by the paths as the dog walkers walked by without noticing them.

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Nice scenery on Sunday (C) Matt Wilson

Nice scenery on Sunday (C) Matt Wilson

Nicer when he's not been shot (C) Matt Wilson

Nicer when he’s not been shot (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Ey up (C) Matt Wilson

Ey up (C) Matt Wilson

Little owls (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owls (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

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By Matt Wilson

Owls compensate for poor reptile weather

March can be a great month to observe reptiles but this year it hasn’t with most of the suitable days being when I’ve been at work. However, to make up for this the Little owls (Athene noctua) at several local sites have been showing well recently, as has a male Tawny owl (Strix aluco) near my house who has been calling a lot recently and bringing food for the female who is now incubating her eggs. Some short-eared owls (Asio flammeus) have been seen locally over the past few weeks but no sign of long-eared owl (Asio otus) which breed in my area.

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) calling (C) Matt Wilson

Male tawny owl (Strix aluco) calling (C) Matt Wilson

Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson

Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson

Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson

Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) (C) Matt Wilson

Curlew (Numenius arquata) (C) Matt Wilson

Curlew (Numenius arquata) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

Emergence 2015

Saturday saw some sunshine and nice temperatures, so I saw my first adders (Vipera berus) of the year, several weeks later than usual. Five familiar males were making the most of the weather. At two different sites I saw a couple of common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) and a pair of Peregrine falcons (Falco perigrinus) taking nesting material to their rocky ledge.

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson