It rained most of yesterday and overnight but this morning was not too bad until the rain at lunchtime. A short walk in between the afternoon's showers allow a few butterflies on the area behind the village to flex their wings. Quite a few Small Heath, Common Blue
|Common Blue - Ragged after the heavy rain|
and Meadow Brown were flying about and 3 Ringlets, the first of the year, bringing the butterfly year list up to 17.
|Ringlets - This species only arrived on the Fell a few years ago|
|Shaded Broad-bar - a common moth both at the trap and in long grass|
There was still a fair bird of bird song about, with most of summer visitors still singing, even if only in snatches. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common & Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Cuckoo all being heard.
|OFFH List this year|
|Flowering plants - 268|
|Birds - 104|
|Moths - 135|
|Butterflies - 17|
|Dragonflies - 4|
|Hoverflies - 8|
|Mammals - 10|