A new dawn, a new day

Hi there,

After the success of yesterday I had high hopes this morning with the sun shining I went out in search for the elusive Large Blue on Collard. This morning I had the first couple of visitors to the site in anticipation for the Large Blue, however sadly we left empty-handed, but who knows what tomorrow may bring? The sun was shining until early afternoon then the clouds that had been ever encroaching appeared….

The angry clouds of Collard!

The angry clouds of Collard!

But let’s not finish their let’s enjoy the gems of the day…

The start to the day treated me to a variety of forms of nature’s beauties. A Green Woodpecker decided to make multiple appearances but flitted by too fast to grab a snap, so if anyone who comes to visit Collard can grab a picture of that little tease I will be forever grateful! Another birdy treat was a Male Kestrel hovering overhead and diving which entertained me for some time.

Kestrel reading the lunch menu.

Kestrel reading the lunch menu.

As I was finishing the second butterfly transect of the day I came across an intriguing little ant carrying a grub, so thought I’d share it with you all while we sit tight for Collards season.

Ant carrying a grub!

Ant carrying a grub!

Now down to the butterfly business. Today I saw numerous Meadow Browns, clearly the calm before the storm of them all emerging! A Red Admiral, a few Small Heaths and a fair number of Speckled Woods. However, the leaders of the show were the Common Blues, which were out in numbers today each one needing to be closely inspected flitting right across the Orchid area nectaring on the vast numbers of yellow flowers!

Common Blue looking rather angelic

Common Blue looking rather angelic

Speckled Wood enjoying the sunshine

Speckled Wood enjoying the sunshine

Across the site the Thyme is at various stages with a small number of early flowing plants ready and waiting for the arrival of Large Blue. This has been thanks to the cattle grazing with great expertise.

Early Flowing Wild Thyme

Early Flowering Wild Thyme

The grazers need a big Thank-you for another years hard work!

The grazers need a big Thank-you for another years hard work!

Time to cross our fingers for tomorrow!

Rosie

 

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