Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Mon 26th Jul

Beautiful day. This Holly Blue settled long enough for a quick grab shot with my compact Olympus u-Tough.

Holly Blue - note the silvery, relatively unmarked underwing


Other butterflies seen - Gatekeeper, Comma, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Small and Large White. Also Common Darters now flying and a couple of Emperors at the dragonfly pond. Bird-wise a couple of Swifts flew over, 2 imm and 1 ad Buzzard circling over Cogan Wood and doing a lot of mewing, and 40 big Carp surface basking by the main bridge. The imm GCG's are still very vocal [3 pairs with young]. Also what is prob a second Mallard brood of tiny downy chicks.

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