CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP and WHITETHROAT continue to help themselves to the Raspberries at the Greenhouse Grounds, with few ripe Elderberries yet on offer who can blame them :-) The Blackberries are now ripening up nicely though.
|Migrant Food :-)|
The Scrubby Woods was a bit livelier today, with the likes of TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, a family of BULLFINCH'S, and a very fresh looking LESSER WHITETHROAT all being seen, looking up through a gap in the canopy of Oak trees I was very fortunate to get the brief view of a CORMORANT (64) flying over, my first here since June, other than that I only noted a few more Blackcap and Chiffchaff. Nothing at all was on the Lakes today, apart from the MOORHENS.
A much better visit than yesterday!
This afternoon I thought i'd give Migrant Alley another check, but stopped on the way through the Greenhouse Grounds to look for some Butterflies, where I got a real surprise! A pale looking blue butterfly flew up in front of me, and as I kept my eye on it I saw it alight in the grassy area, I sneaked up and saw it was none other than a Chalkhill Blue!!! Whoooa! What a Butterfly to find here, a new species for my patch, and the 28th species ive recorded here :-) ! I soon got down to taking a few photo's, but the wind was blowing it around, plus the fact I was excited as a 6 year old on Christmas eve, made for some iffy photo's ! I lost it eventually, then, whilst hunting for it, A White Admiral flew past me, Wow, just the second one i've ever recorded here, unfortunatley it didn't stop for a photo. I continued on, and was surprised when I eventually found the Chalkhill again, but looking at the photo's I took of this one, it must have been a second individual, if you look at the 3rd and 4th images in the set of photo's, the Butterfly has a notch in its left hind wing, the 5th, 6th and 7th photo shows no notch in the hind wing, there was two of 'em!!
|Chalkhill Blue, A patch tick!|
|I have now recorded 23 Butterfly species this month, and 24 this year|
|If you look carefully you can see a cut out on the left hind wing|
|The cut out on the hind wing shows here too|
|The cut out doesn't show here|
|No cut out here either|
|This surely must be a second Chalkhill! Double fantastic!|