Friday, 19 June 2015

Blue Skies + Some Butterflies


Date: 16/06/2015 - 18/06/2015

Location: Collard Hill & Greylake - Tuesday - 
Draycott and Black Rock, Cheddar - Thursday


Observation: Sunshine was forecast so headed to Collard Hill in search of Large Blue, but hardly any butterflies Marbled Whites and lot of Meadow Browns were the dominate species a few Common Blue and Large Skippers as well.

While looking for butterfly's looked up and there was a Kestrel in hunting mode. No one seemed to notice !


Small Heath's in small numbers


After a disappointing but lovely walk down ...then up... down ...then up again, felt like the Duke of York! Headed towards Greylake.

A Hobby was first spot hawking across reserve with Oystercatcher, Redshank & chicks in front hide. A lot of tall grass and reeds now. On Window was this Small Magpie Moth, looks like a marbled white butterfly !




Outside hide a beautiful Red Admiral perched nicely unusual I thought !


Then the Hobbies prey Dragonfly's only seen 3 but this one perched well.


  Four Spotted Chaser Female 


Walking day Wednesday check my other site out HERE

So Thursday more sunshine, Headed to Draycott second time here some great views nice place to sit and wonder ! 


Not many butterflies Marbled Whites, Common Blues, Large Skippers saw this Dragon near top its a Anax imperator or Emperor Dragonfly, latin better ! Superb thing against Green Grass !


Marbled Whites very mobile.


After couple of hours headed to Black Rock - Cheddar.
 Could hear Redstart's saw juvenile Wren scrabbling up bank and over head a Raven calling. 
On first sunny slope I came to this Dark Green Fritilary soared over grasses, Initially thought Silver Washed but Doh ! On looking its Dark Green Fritilary.


Still a cracking Butterfly only 2.
 Also Large Skippers, Small Heaths, Green Hairstreak and Grizzled Skippers here.


Then on way back a Redstart saw male and female superb looking bird, shame couldn't make the most of it camera setting clicked up to F29 ! 
I've no ideal ....0/30 shutter !


Weather: Warm, Sunny Skies - Temp around 20c 
Other Species: Kestrel, Meadow Pipits, Skylark, Hobby, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Linnet, Redstart, Raven, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk.
Butterflies: Dark Green Fritilary, Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Green Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper, Speckled Wood.


 Thanks For Looking :)