Sunday, 22 September 2013

Cows, yellow wagtails and Dor beetle in Beverley Westwood

It was a very warm day for the start of the autumn. We had a leisurely walk from Beverley to the mill and back. The cows were grazing, the hedgerows and bushes loaded with haws and blackberries and the grass busy with daddy-long legs. On the way back from the mill, we noticed a little loose flock of Yellow Wagtails, with a few starlings, feeding by some cows. The flock included some birds of the year, walking just by the cows legs and heads, taking advantage of the mammals flushing flies and small insects.
 In the woods, on a cowpat, the kids discover a shiny Dor Beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius, the second highlight of the day also linked to cattle, as adults and larvae in this species feed on cow dung.

Starling and Yellow wagtail on a cow's shadow
 The view towards Black Mill
The black mill
A very pregnant looking cow

Dor Beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius

Bird list

  1. Robin
  2. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  3. Carrion Crow
  4. Woodpigeon
  5. Goldfinch
  6. Yellow Wagtail
  7. Jackdaw
  8. Starling
  9. Great tit
  10. Magpie

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