With a little bit of Autumn sun forecast I went out to check for more newborn AddersVipera berus. It won't be long before they start heading down into their winter hibernicula. Autumn is well and truly here with Red DeerCervus elaphus stags bellowing today on the moor tops. Typically it was nice and sunny when I set off, but on arrival a blanket of cloud had appeared. Not to be defeated I found 3 Common ToadsBufo bufo and contented myself with photographing some Long Tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus. A 20 minute blast of sun and I found my first adder, a very small male, probably born last year. I've moved on to another site and spotted another newborn adder, it slinked away whilst I was swapping lenses, but I was pleased with this observation as it was the first time I had seen a newborn at this site. Also here was a very accomadating Viviparous LizardZootoca viviparia which apparently wasn't interested in the beetle at the end of it's nose. Finally a male adder was in his favourite spot.
I was really chuffed today as I found a neonate AdderVipera berus. Even though I regularly see gravid females, once they give birth the newborns seem to vanish. Also in Autumn male adders become more obvious again and today I found once out basking which I think might be an old friend from spring. In additon I saw 2 Viviaparous LizardsZootoca vivipara, and as always at this time of the year Dragonflies were in evidence mainly Black DartersSympetrum danae.
The latest date I have seen adders in the UK is October 13th 2009 so if the weather stays warm, there's about another 4 weeks before season comes to an end.