Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Dipper & Butterflies

Wyre Forest - warm, dry and sunny - Day 2 in amongst the trees and the place is growing on me. Spent a fair bit of time along Dowles Brook looking for Dipper, which I eventually nailed from a brief flight view as it flew up-stream. Also noted Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtails and a family party of Spotted Flycatchers. Elsewhere all the expected woodland birds plus three singing Common Redstarts, Cuckoo and Tree Pipit, but yet again no sign of any Pied Flits.
Bumped into a couple of really helpful local birders who pointed me in the right direction for butterflies, of which there were many on the wing due to the warm, and at times hot, sunshine. We noted at least 20 Pearl-bordered and 3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries along the old railway line and the clearing opposite the newly carved seat. Elsewhere, a number of Brimstones were on the wing, plus more of the same from yesterday, so Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and the like.
Another cracking day in this stunning woodland, which has been made all the more pleasurable by a welcome outbreak of summer weather at long last.

                                Pearl-bordered Fritillary

                                Speckled Wood

                                Speckled Yellow

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