Thursday, 16 July 2015

On the Mendips

Date: 15/07/2015

Location: Draycott Sleights - Black Rock & Priddy Mineries
Weather: Overcast, No Blue skies, Temp 20c 

Other Species: Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Kestrel, Nuthatch - not bad for eyes on the ground !

Butterflies: Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White, Peacock, Small Heath, Skippers, Dark Green Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Ringlets.

Weather forecast said sunny spells but none of that overcast all day. On getting to Draycott quite a few cars there, a organised walk was going on.

But headed in and started looking not promising few Marbled Whites lots of Skippers and Meadow Browns, walked to top and round saw a Juv Green Woodpecker flew right in front of me and landed on small tree.

Then when just about to leave saw 2 Chalkhill Blues chasing each other .

After many more shots .......

Spotted a Yellow Shell Moth while looking saw the biggest Cricket I've ever seen ! Around 3-4 inches long, thats big huh! Looked it up it on internet was a Great Green Bush Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima)

After that headed to Black Rock Cheddar as just round corner. Not many butterflies here saw a pair of Nuthatches chasing each other, few Small Heath and Marbled whites. 

Thought on way back I'd drop in to Priddy Mineries,Glad I did. Walked through Stockwood Wood first but nothing so headed across towards pond lots and lots of Small Skippers, Six Spotted Burnets also Chimney Sweep Moths .

Just when I was thinking no Fritillary's around 2 flashed in front of me Dark Green Fritillary's nice looking butterfly and landed nicely.

Then it left the Red Clover and landed even better !

Thistles were packed with Marbled Whites and Six Spots jostling for position .

And home.
  Still no Hairstreaks :( well apart from Green.

Thanks For Looking !

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