Friday, 12 August 2011

Steps Hill today

Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Green Grasshopper, Red Admiral and Ringlet (Sally Douglas)

Steps Hill 10.30-12.30 Fri 12 August Warm, virtually no breeze and little sun - ideal for butterflies!

The Scrub between the car park and gate to Incombe Hole. No rarities of either birds or butterflies but Lesser and Common Whitethroat still present in breeding areas; noisy party of Nuthatches flying around; as usual plenty of Green Woodpeckers and the resident Bullfinches, Linnets and Goldfinches calling. Great to see so many butterflies, mostly Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and lots of Small Heath in this area. The abundance of wild flowers is attracting them and other insects including bees and grasshoppers (see images above). I think this is a Meadow Grasshopper because of the short forewings. Noticeable movement of chiffchaff and Willow Warblers moving through the hedge and trees by the gate leading into Incombe Hole and a Marsh Tit seen here (Sally Douglas)

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