Thursday 28 March 2019

The First Speckled Wood of the Year.

A walk along the wooded banks of Shalfleet Stream today was rewarded with a sighting of the first Speckled Wood of the year.Alas it was only a brief glimpse as this new emergent quickly flew over the stream into the woodland.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Just the Usual Suspects.

With the spring weather warming up over the last few days and set to continue,I was very hopeful of seeing the first newly emerged butterflies of the year today.
Speckled Wood and Orange Tip have already been sighted on the Isle of Wight and an afternoon walk through Bouldnor Forest and later Walters Copse at Newtown proved to be a disappointment as I failed to see any of these two species.Still,the usual suspects were out and about.Male Brimstone forever on the move, along with several basking Comma,a Red Admiral or two on the tracks,and good numbers of Peacock.The latter it seemed always to be found close to  Pussy Willow which is now flowering in our damp woods.