Sunday, 26 August 2012

Some butterflies at last

Sunny spells today so a walk around the fell was more pleasant than usual, but just as muddy. Small numbers of butterflies were around, but the most for some time thanks to the weather. 8 species were seen consisting of Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Wall, Small Copper, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell. 

Green-veined White


Two more Common Swift flew over, proving I was wrong to say the single the other day was my last. A few other summer visitors were still around as well as over 30 Swallows on the wires outside the village.

Swallows on the wires

4 House Martin and a Sand Martin also flew over and the scrub held several Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap and a lone Common Whitethroat. One of the Chiffchaffs was singing, though rather half-heartedly and was probably a youngster practising.  Certainly one of the Blackcaps was this years bird. A Red Kite in the distance rounded off my little walk and another Small Tortoiseshell was waiting for me on the patio table when I got home.

Small Tortoiseshell

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