Location: Crook Peak & Priddy Mineries
Weather: 17.5c Cloudy, No Blue Skies, No Wind
.Other Species: Common Blue, Gate Keeper, Meadow Brown, Wall, Grayling, Large White, Small Skipper, Silver Washed Fritillary, Marbled Whites.
Birds Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Stonechat, Buzzard, Raven.
Observation: Weather not doing butterflies any favours this year, not the numbers of last year for me anyway. Headed to Crook Peak for a wander just inside gate Common Blues around 4, 3 Male and 1 female male But not stopping so headed up to look for Grayling.
Few Birds on hill.....Green Woodpecker x2
Stonechat with a rather nice Bokken view !
And this lovely Kestrel, hunting on lower slopes
Seemed small areas had a few butterflies then nothing this Wall Brown stopped briefly, there were more on summit of Crook Peak.
Then my target a Grayling.
Not quite the background I wanted but a Grayling all the same .
On Heading back down 2 or 3 Tortoiseshells looking fabulous !
A Large White on budlieia.
The Common Blues at bottom were a bit more cooperative now.
Even a bit of mating going on !
Can you see Mites ?
Next off to Priddy Mineries and into Stockhill Carpark Scraping the roof bars as usual !
More Cloud now so not holding out much hope headed on to the Mineries saw this Common footman.
I Think a Nicrophorus vespillo a Burying Beetle.
Complete with Mite? or Young ?