I headed for the sheltered hedgerow that runs the length of the Tree Nursery, and straight away found a Small Tortioseshell, actually it was the same one from yesterday, a tatty specimen. Three GREEN WOODPECKERS flew up as I traversed the hedgerow, BLUE TITS, DUNNCKS and WRENS flitted about, and a CHIFFCHAFF called from a nearby large garden, looking ahead of me I saw a large butterfly coming straight at me, as it grew closer, then flitted past and ever onwards, I saw it was a lovely sulphur coloured male Brimstone, my first this year, I watched in despair as it flew miles away, yet again i've not got a Brimstone photo, will i ever get one of this species ? :-) I reached the end of the hedge and then made my way back again, all the time watching a KESTREL hunting over the adjacent Greenhouse grounds, then came what I was looking for, a pristine male Orange tip, I followed it all round the Tree Nursery for some minutes, before it crossed the road and went over to the Greenhouse Grounds, I was in hot pursuit however! The Orange Tip being much more mobile than me was lost to view for a time, but I soon found it again, flitting around one of the glasshouses, where it settled on a dandelion head, once again I crept over to it, and this time got some reasonable photo's, the wind blowing it around didn't help!
|Orange Tip - shame all the grass got in the way!|
|Orange Tip. Not the best set of photo's, but there should be time for a better effort on another day. Mind you, they are only around until end of May|
I went over to my seat at Migrant Alley and scanned the fence lines and paddocks, but no Wheatear were seen, so i again made my way back to the Tree Nursery, where I found two more Butterfly species, a Comma and a Holly Blue - 7 species for an early April day is good for my patch!
Whilst sitting and waiting for something to happen, something did happen, a superb male PEREGRINE FALCON ( 51) flew over, quite high up, and as I watched it, a BUZZARD drifted into view, and came quite close to me, shame I only had the 300mm lens on today, I took a photo of it anyway :-)
|One of five Common Buzzards seen this afternoon|