Saturday, 24 March 2012

Mr Blue Sky

It was one of those 'good to be alive' days, with unbroken sunshine, unseasonable warmth and more butterflies than I can remember for so early in the year. I was at Beddington SF during the morning - early afternoon and recorded the following: Small Tortoiseshell (26), Small White (7), Peacock (8), Brimstone (2), Red Admiral (1), Comma (1), Orange-tip (1) and Speckled Wood (1). The latter two species were my earliest ever. Birds didn't miss out on the celebration as a Red Kite flew north-westwards and the wintering Cetti's Warbler was in good voice. It's hard to think that we will most probably have a few more wintery days to come before we can safely put away the gloves and turn off the central heating.


  1. Wow,26 Small tortoiseshell,haven't seen those kind of numbers for a very long time !.


  2. Hi Laurence, I was surprised at the number as well - let's hope they are on the up again.