Garden butterflies

Another three birders have joined our merry gang in the 'laid-back self-isolation back-garden challenge', bringing our number up to 19 (you can see the other 16 competitors in the previous post). So it's welcome to:

Wes A (Capel, Surrey)
Garden list of 94 species
Osprey, Short-eared Owl, Firecrest and Hawfinch are some of the highlights.

Arjun D (Wallington, Greater London)
Garden list of 74 species
Marsh Harrier, Goshawk and Hawfinch are the stand-out records.

Dave P (Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex)
Garden list of 55 species
Woodcock and Brent Goose are two highlights.

I think the best way of sharing in what we are seeing is if all competitors can update me (in whatever format they like) as frequently as they want to, and I will post a compilation of all this correspondence on a weekly basis. Don't worry if your scores are not up to date, I will make that clear to any reader of the blog.

A lovely sunny, if still chilly, day, although the butterflies were not too bothered by the temperature, with the garden providing a Small Tortoiseshell (top), Comma (above), Peacock and multiple Brimstones. As for the birds, you can wait for our 'challenge' update, most probably at the end of the month.



Stewart said…
I'd have more chance of a Glauc than a butterfly in the garden today, its baltic ( possibly literally with the wind coming from the east)
Steve Gale said…
Talking of white-wingers, I do stand an outside chance of picking a Med Gull up over the garden in the coming weeks.
Steve Chastell said…
I'll be keeping my list on Going Birding, which has a handy garden listing section , everyone else, including those outside Surrey, is very welcome to use it if they wish.
Steve Gale said…
Thanks Steve, on it.
Dave Boyle said…
We're in lock down too now Steve - can I join in? I'd have to work out our garden list but it won't be very big
Steve Gale said…
Yes please Dave - can not wait to see your list...
Reuben Braddock said…
Hi Steve, I'd like to join in too! I'm in Tufnell Park, North London, and currently on a rather paltry 45! Best sightings probably a flock of 120 Waxwing, and Firecrest in front and back garden. Haven't done much skywatching from my garden in the past because of my rather restricted view of the sky - but no choice now! So hoping to boost my list with some vismigging in coming weeks. Reuben Braddock
Steve Gale said…
Thanks Reuben, I’ll add you to the list. I wouldn’t mind just the one Waxwing...

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