Before I left for my afternoon patch visit today, I saw this little character in the garden - unusual to see hedgehogs during the day.
I decided I would break my addiction to purple hairstreak Hunting, by not visiting the lake and scrub area this afternoon, instead I wandered around the Maize field, Paddocks, sheep pasture, and the small scrub area that is Migrant Alley.
A patch of Thistle there, was covered in Butterlfies, Peacock, Painted lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Small and large Skippers, as well as both small and Large White - A sight to gladden the heart. Just a few paces on, I found my first Small Copper of the year, a good species to get on my patch, I only ever see 1 or 2 in any year. Onwards I went, scanning both the sky and the long grass, and up flew a Common Blue butterfly - another scarce species on my patch.
I walked up round the Maize, and crawled under the 1.5m diameter gas pipe, which is about a meter of the ground at present, i'll be glad when its buried and finished. I scanned the maize egde and the fenceposts, in hope of an early Migrant Whinchat, but none there today, only a few LINNETS and GOLDFINCH'S. The horse paddocks held the usual ROOKS, CARRION CROWS and JACKDAWS, with the SWALLOWS skimming in between them all, whilst higher up HOUSE MARTINS twitterd, and still higher SWIFTS were seen. A SKYLARK gave me a nice photo chance, before flying up to sing, and as I watched it two BLACK HEADED GULLS flew over.
At the scrub I hoped to find the now elusive Lesser Whitethroat for the months list, but not a sign of one, or the Turtle Doves that are in there somewhere, so it was back to butterfly chasing. I found Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Browns plus more Whites and Skippers.
A short Skywatch didn't give me any new species for the month, just feral pigeons, STOCK DOVES, WOOD PIGEONS and two HERRING GULLS.
Above The obliging Skylark.