It was hot and sticky this afternoon, one half of the sky was blue, the other half was dark grey, as a thunderstorm was breaking to the east, but it never got near Pittswood :-)
In such hot and humid conditions there is little point in trying to find birds, so it was back to the Tree Nursery for some Damsels and Butterflies, I say it was pointless looking for birds, but I did see both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, a JAY, a SKYLARK, and flyovers by HERRING GULL, BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK, and CORMORANT, the latter is only the second record this month, the other being on the 12th. A male KESTREL hunted over the Tree Nursery and Greenhouse Grounds, I'm still hoping it is breeding in the nest box over the large garden adjacent to Migrant Alley.
I spent 90 minutes chasing flutters, before running out of energy under the hot sun, but I did manage to see lots of Brown Argus, Holly Blues and Small Whites, as well as a couple of Small Coppers. Common Blues have made more of an appearance, 4 were seen, and I watched a pair mating, but wasn't quick enough with the camera to catch them at it :-) Butterfly of the day goes to the Small Heath, two were found today, after the single one found last week which was a butterfly patch tick. Only White Legged Damsels were found today, and also there were plenty of Mother Shipton moths about.
Here's the photo's for today, I hope you enjoy them, as I lost a lot of sweat getting these! :-)
|Small Heath Butterfly - Only the second patch record|
|Common Blue Buttefly|
|Brown Argus Butterfly - easily the most common species in the Tree Nursery|
|White Legged Damselfly Immature. What stunning markings it has on its face :-)|
|White Legged Damselfly|