Saturday, 25 July 2009

Symonshyde Great Wood

At Symonshyde Great Wood this morning, I met up with Jim from Amwell. The clearing opposite the farm held many butterflies-Comma, all three whites and Peacocks being the most numerous. There were quite a few Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Purple Hairstreak, and single White Admiral, Holly Blue, Red Admiral and White Letter Hairstreak. Our main target, Silver Washed Fritillaries took a long time to find, but in the end three, maybe four worn individuals were seen. Gatekeeper and Ringlet took the species total to fifteen.
Nearby, Jim showed me a Red Legged Partridge on a nest that he had found earlier in the week.
On the Pegsdon Hills, Common Blue butterflies were numerous, but it took a while to find Chalkhill Blues. Single Marbled White and my first Clouded Yellow for two years were a nice bonus. Overhead, a pair of Raven were joined by Red Kite and Buzzard.

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