Monday, May 30, 2005

Migrant butterflies have arrived

The only thing to follow a great late night is a great lazy morning, and after breakfast and moths (Angle Shades being the visual highlight) we managed to get in to the field around noon!

It was a gentle walk around Farcet Fen enjoying a day-flying Barn Owl, Yellow Wags, song-flighting Sedge Warblers, Grey Partridges, Cown Bunting, Several Whitethroats, Brown Hares, dykes full of Large Red-eyed Dams and a couple of Hairy Dragons, and butterflies - loads of them.

Large an Small Whites, Peacock, Small Copper, countless Small Tortoiseshells and two Painted Ladies - the migrants have arrived at last assisted with recent days southerly winds.

Painted Lady

Small Copper
Butterflies | Nikon Coolpix 995 | © Steve Dudley

After lunch we bid farewall to Chris and on our evening wander around the fen had stunning views of two Barn Owls, a female Marsh Harrier and found the fist broods of Pied Wags and Mute Swan on the fen this year.

Summary of todays highlights -
Grey Partridge - 2
Marsh Harrier - 1
Barn Owl - 2 daytime hunting birds
Yellow Wagtail - 6+
Corn Bunting - 2
Painted Lady - 2
Hairy Dragonfly - 2
Brown Hare - 6+

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