Poor thing. We put it back by the steps to the garage under the Euphorbias and just have to hope for the best. It's a Western Green Lizard (Lacerta bilineata) and I've never seen one before, so really surprised to see one here. Apparently their head and body length can reach 5 inches, and up to 16 inches to the tip of the tail! The next day I saw a small one with green colouring under its head so assume it's a young one of this species. That one was OK, thankfully.
|Western Green Lizard just after we put it back outside.|
|It didn't look very happy so I hope it survived.|
I didn't want to share the better photos I took which show up the injuries behind the head.
And in other wildlife news:
|Tadpoles! More excitement as I haven't seen any here for years.|
I also got to test out how a polarising filter really works against reflection!
|But to get to the tadpoles I had to pass the ducks on the |
narrow path, so they went into frantic nervous preening mode!
|Drinker Moth caterpillar (Euthrix potatoria).|
I couldn't find the ID myself but I have just joined an excellent insect group
on facebook and I get IDs in minutes, the people there are that good.
|Yet to get an ID but this is either a wasp, or a bee that looks like a wasp! |
That's a tiny weevil in the background and this activity is all inside a tulip.
|A male Orange Tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines). |
They are hard to capture as they never stay still for long.
|Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria).|
We went back to the Marais de Sougeal last week. By this time the water meadow has been drained although there are a few mini lakes that are permanent, and water channels, streams and ditches, so plenty of water for the water birds that stay here all year round. This time we got to walk along the new path which was no longer flooded and discovered that the hut in the distance was none other than a brand new hide! With windows that open too, shock horror!
The birds and ducks were very distant but we did clock up yet another Lifer - two Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus)! They are migratory waders, wintering in Africa and here they are en route to their breeding grounds in the far north. These two could end up in northern Scotland, Iceland, Scandinavia or northern Russia, who knows!
|The path to the new hide. The bank is brand new and has been planted up with shrubs and trees. |
I guess eventually we won't have much of a view over the meadow except from the hide.
|Rubbish photo because it was so far away but I can't see as clearly |
as this through my binocs! A Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus).
I went wandering off looking for bugs amongst the stinging nettles and comfrey that covered the bank between the meadow and the path, and found my first damselfly of the year!
|Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans), violet form. |
I believe this is an immature female.
|After a while it hopped to another blade of grass. |
I'm not sure what the red blob is, I wonder if it is an egg of some kind?
|Then got fed up with the camera in its face and flitted off further away!|
What amazes me is how grass and other plants survive being under water for a month or two then spring back and carry on growing like nothing happened. In the meadow were also many Cardamine pratensis flowers, known as Cuckoo Flower or Lady's Smock. This is one of the food plants for the larvae of Orange Tip butterflies.