Some images of what can be observed in the countryside at the moment.
Sunday, 16 July 2017
On a very dull cloudy and not so warm day I was walking across a piece of heathland and for a brief and only period the sun came out.
Butterflies suddenly appeared from where ever they were tucked away.
I watched this female Large White below fly on to a patch of Field Scabius flowers and start to feed.
When the sun disappeared this butterfly below that I had been photographing pitched and clung on the yellow flower (Hairy St John's-wort) in the photo.
Eventually, due to the colder wind and dull weather it appeared to shut down, not moving at all.
Friday, 14 July 2017
I watched a group of immature Long-tailed Tits on a tree outside the window.
Judging by the look of their feathers they had obviously found water somewhere nearby and had bathed in it.
They were drying out their feathers by adopting a strange pose and sitting in a sunny position in the tree and then preening themselves.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
The Chalk Hill Blue Butterfly.
The earliest I have observed this species previously was the 12th of July.
This year I found one or two on the 10th at the normal place I would expect to find them.
So its early days yet and perhaps another 7 to 10 days before numbers in some strength emerge.
This species is normally only found in Southern England, but we are fortunate in Northern part of East Anglia of having a very specific local location with all the correct habitat that this very pretty butterfly exists.
Monday, 10 July 2017
On a sunny day in March you may be fortunate to find a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly that has just emerged from hibernation. At this time the process of reproduction begins. As a result of this, in mid June the first fresh brood appears. The process repeats again in Southern UK, but not Scotland. This second brood don't mate and start the process of hibernation that will see them through the Winter.
Mid June until the beginning of September is the time that the Small Skipper is on the wing.