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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Hutchinsons Bank Butterfly Walk

Butterfly walk on HBk/ChBk Sunday 19 May 2013

Initially cool and breezy, the weather improved as we walked through the reserves and we were soon seeing Orange Tips and lots of Brimstones.  An occasional Green-veined White stopped for identification.  Every now and again a Mint Moth - Pyrausta aurata - would appear and later we saw a Common Carpet.  At the far end of HBk we found several Dingy Skippers before entering Three Corner Grove where Speckled Wood was seen.  We crossed over to ChBk, finding an Orange Tip egg on Garlic Mustard,  a Common Lizard under a reptile sheet, and during lunch had a couple of Buzzards overhead. While walking back to HBk we heard a Tawny Owl calling, and on HBk a Comma appeared.  On the Nature Trail more Dingy Skippers and one or two Peacocks were found, and in The Cutting we at last found Grizzled Skippers and yet more Dingy Skippers.  Returning to the cars via the Nature Trail we had another Peacock and Comma.

Ted F

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