Wednesday 26 February 2014

The Feel of Spring

The best day of the year by far with plenty of sunshine,a light breeze,and a 'spring is here' feeling.No excuse therefore for the butterflies to stay in and at Walters Copse,Newtown,several  were out in the warm sunshine.Another first this year for me was a very colourful male Brimstone,racing up and down the rides occasionally stopping to take the warmth.
Out too was a Comma and basking underneath a crab apple tree,still surrounded by last year fruit,a feeding Red Admiral.Finally a somewhat tatty Peacock butterfly in a sheltered sunny spot.

Saturday 22 February 2014

More Butterflies Out & About.

Another sunny morning and feeling milder as the wind has decreased.Just out of hibernation is a Peacock butterfly which is still inactive and does not want to fly away until it warms up in the sunshine.Joining it briefly in my garden today was another Small Tortoiseshell and a second Peacock.

Thursday 20 February 2014

My First Sighting of the Year.

After all the stormy weather we have had to endure since Christmas it is great to see my first butterfly of 2014.A sign maybe that spring is not too far away now, although it is only mid -February and winter has a habit of biting back.I spied this Small Tortoiseshell  fluttering around my garden in the sunshine looking for that sheltered sunny spot.It was not long before it flew on and over the hedge.
There have been several sightings of butterflies on the Island during February,including a Brimstone,a Peacock,and another Small Tortoiseshell.