Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Purple Emperor's on a very quintessential english weekend

 Little Ringed Plover
Pyramidal Orchid
 Purple Emperor
 Purple Emperor
Purple Emperor
Silver washed Fritillarys
 Dusty walking off 
 Barn Swallows in the pavilion
Punch & Judy
Stunning Brass Band

With limited early returning waders at the pits it was a case of business as usual over the weekend. A Green Sandpiper was the first sign a change may be on the way but Saturday sightings were restricted to a Common Tern, male Teal (still), 3 Little Ringed Plover & 2 Oystercatchers.  Local butterfly expert Dave Williams offered to meet us at the local  Oversley Woods where he showed us a fantastic array of butterflies including the amazing Purple Emperors, White & Red Admirals, Silver washed Fritillarys, Purple Hairstreaks, Marbled Whites, Comma, Ringlets, Meadow Browns & Large Skippers.

The afternoon was spent watching Dusty crack a match winning 77 not out for Feckenham first XI on the day of the village wake. It was lovely to enjoy some of old traditions of England including the brass band, classic cars & of course Punch & Judy.

Sundays patch visit, which I did with Jon, included a Redshank, 4 LRP’s, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and a very nice Pyramidal Orchid.

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