Date: 19th April - All Day
Location: Crooks Peak + Priddy Lake
Early Purple Orchid
Observation: Another trip to Crooks Peak was in order to try and find these Grizzled Skippers, we arrived and spent about 30 minutes on the grass scrub on the lower slopes, there was a few moths about but no butterflies. It wasn't looking good so we walked on up, a European Peacock flew onto the path in front. Up and above onto the top of Crook's Peak, there was a Meadow Pipit, a hovering Kestrel and a fly-over Barn Swallow. Up on top there was a cold wind with another Kestrel hovering. We had a short rest and were determined to find the Skipper so returned back down the South slope, we got all the way to the bottom just before returning to the van and one appeared, open wings, but flew off and landed on some brambles. So we slowly walked up towards it, it stopped on the same brambles for about 10 minutes, after lots of shots later we decided to leave him to it!
On our way home we popped into Priddy Lake and Stockwood Plantation, as earlier reports mentioned about Crossbills there! We had a quick walk around, but didn't see any. There was a lovely Chiffchaff and a few Coal Tits around though.
Weather: Blue Sky, Some Light Cloud, Sunny, Cold Wind
Other Species: Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Kestrel, Chaffinch, Stonechat, Crow, Jackdaw, Meadow Pipit, Barn Swallow, Coal Tit - Of Note
Butterflies + Moths: European Peacock, Large White, Common Grass-Veneer, Grizzled Skipper
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