Monday, 9 May 2016

Butterflies !

With improving weather conditions I was hoping to finally see some butterflies and I wasn't disappointed.

Bus journeys home from work on the 3rd and 5th May were notable with the cowslips flowering well at Derriford Roundabout where I also caught a brief glimpse of a white butterfly flitting past, a ring necked parakeet flying over the road into Central Park near Milehouse and 2 noisey peregrines over Plymouth University at North Hill with 1 bird struggling to carry a large pigeon in its talons.

Friday 6th May and we had a walk around Stoke Point with sister-in-outlaw Dawn and her hubby Andy. It was warm and humid with occasional sunny spells and I managed to get some good views of butterflies for the first time this year - 2 wall, 1 red admiral, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 small copper, male orange tips, 2+ speckled wood and whites - result!

Speckled Wood, Stoke Point

Bird wise it was fairly quiet but I spent more time talking than looking. Whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff and cirl buntings were seen and heard along with a swift, 2 house martins and swallows, a raven with 2 noisey fledglings, stonechats, 2 buzzards and meadow pipits.

Hopefully it is the start of my butterfly year - soon be time to get the moth box out too.

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