After a drink and snack, I thought I head off to the tree nursery, and try to find some butterflies whilst the sun was still out. There were lots about, despite the sun being blotted out more and more as time went on. I spent over an hour chasing down the little sods! It was worth it though, as I found only my second Brown Argus ever, also seen were two Purple hairstreaks, also my second ever record for my patch.
I decided I'd go over to the lake and scrub area, to try to find a Garden Warbler for the months list. On the way I walked up the edge of the Wet Woods, scanning the Oak trees for more Purple hairstreaks, to my surprise I found at least 3 more! As my old mate Greenie said, they are a much overlooked species, and are more common than thought.
At the lake and scrub area, I didn't find the garden Warbler, or another missing species for the month - a Lesser Whitethroat, however, whilst there I again scanned the oak tree's, and again found 2 more Purple Hairsteaks!
There was a large Buddlea bush out in bloom, which attracted a host of butterflies, and whilst taking photo's, a very young SONG THRUSH fledgling hopped out in front of me.
The last 45 mins was spent over at Migrant Alley 'skywatching' but it proved very dull, and I ended up chasing more Butterflies.
One thing I've learned today - I must either concentrate on butterflies or birds, not try to do both, I must have missed a few flyovers whilst chasing the flutterby's!!
Below is the very young fledgling Songthrush. It could barely fly.
Above and below are photo's of the Brown Argus.
Below is the Brown Argus with its wings closed.
Above: Red Admiral and Below: Peacock Butterfies