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19 May 2022

Wood White

Went to Meath Quarry today hoping I will have better luck than last year were I saw a couple but they never came to the floor or settle anywhere.

Today I saw 4 in the end, all great views, infact there was many other butterflies and other flying insects around. I know they have a new Warden here and there has been plenty of work going on to clear areas to allow things like Vetch to grow.

So a good session, now seen 27 species so far, 26 caught on Camera and although I have seen a Holy Blue numerous times now, I haven't been able to see one settle so the list is-Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Comma, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Wall Brown, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Wood White, Brown Argos, Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Blue, Duke of Burgundy, Glanville fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Peacock.



18 May 2022

Glanville Fritillary

Went to Compton Down today in Dorset, so many Butterflies, a real joy!

At the bottom of the Down is a track, just past the style that goes into the Down is two banks and several Glanville Fritillary, its quite warm here as its south facing and out of any wind so I can understand why they are here, obviously released but some locals told me they have been here for 3-4 years but they weren't sure if there is extra released each year? I was told they seem to be flying towards Fontmell Down than to Compton Down which is over the hedge?

I saw 4 in the end and some like other Butterflies were on the path sucking up minerals.



18 May 2022

Adonis Blue

Went to Compton Down today which was full of Butterflies, found several of these Adonis Blues on the side of the hill which was my first of the year.



17 May 2022

Alysbere

Originally went here to look around the ponds looking for Dragonflies or signs of but sadly nothing, possibly early but i know they are around other places.

Still managed to see plenty of other stuff especially birds including Dartford Warblers, Stonechat, Tree Pipit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Wren, Dunnock, Willow Warbler, Goldfinch, Robin, Linnet, Swallow and a Buzzard just gliding around!

Met lots of friendly people about which is always a plus!



15 May 2022

Dartmoor

Went up on Dartmoor today early, the weather was great at the start but became cloudy with the odd spit of rain.

While I was out looking for various things plenty of Birds about especially in song early on.

Birds seen today are Raven, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Pied and Grey Wagtail, Yellow Hammer, linnet, Meadow and Tree Pipit, Stone and Whinchat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Skylark, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wheatear, Chaffinch, Swallow, House Martin, House Sparrow, Starling and Great Tit.

The Moor was unusually quiet for a Sunday but still to many who cant reverse!!



15 May 2022

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

While on Dartmoor today went to Aish Tor, plenty of PBF flying around and starting to look a little worn and dull in colour, making the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary easier to see as they were brighter. I think this one is a female.

Seen 24 species so far, 23 caught on Camera and although I have seen a Holy Blue numerous times now, I haven't been able to see one settle so the list is-Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Comma, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Wall Brown, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Brown Argos, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Blue, Duke of Burgundy, Marsh Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Peacock.



14 May 2022

Marsh Fritillary

At Cerne Abbas on the "Giants Hill" today, managed to see a couple of Marsh Fritillaries, quite mobile but managed to get a few shots off before it flew.

Found these close to the "Giant" in their usual spot.



14 May 2022

Duke of Burgundy

Went to "The Giants Hill" in Cerne Abbas for the second time this year, the weather was great so very hopeful of seeing the Duke of Burgundy, bit of a slow start but by the end of the session I had seen 6 individuals and all along the bottom hedge line.

Did see a couple come down from the trees where they had been roosting waiting for the sun to come out, great session here and worth the journey!



06 May 2022

Small Heath

Went to Aish Tor today on Dartmoor and found a few of these flying around.

That makes 21, did go to see if I could find a Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary but none seen only PBF and plenty of them.

Good excuse to come again but not for a week as its all work for the next 7 days!



04 May 2022

Common Blue

I saw one of these at Berry Head yesterday but managed to get a picture at Dawlish Warren today of this beaut on the back meadow this morning.

Seen 20 species so far, 19 caught on Camera and although I have seen a Holy Blue numerous times now, I haven't been able to see one settle so the list is-Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Comma, Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Wall Brown, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Brown Argos, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Blue, Pearl-boarded fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Peacock.



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