In search of butterflies

After the wettest April on record, May hasn’t been a lot better until this weekend, and there don’t seem to be as many butterflies around as usual. In a couple of hours round and about I saw a few small/large whites and a speckled wood or two, but not much else. At Butts Piece there was a single Orange-tip Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) and a Holly Blue Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
It’s not all bad news, though: fledgling starlings are everywhere (especially good as their numbers are in steep decline nationally) Starlings and house sparrows seem to be doing well too Sparrows Swallows are nesting in farm buildings Swallows and this pied wagtail probably has nestlings to feed Pied wagtail There are chiffchaffs Chiffchaff and it looks like a good year for rabbits. Rabbit


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