I counted nine at the peak on the local reservoir. An easterly element in the wind and a passage of Common Sandpipers filled the air with the rapid staccato of swee swee swee swee swuu’s. Charming little chaps.
Having spent the last fortnight in Nova Scotia it’s nice to come home; especially when there’s a welcome.
Even as the Red Arrows put on a spectacle in the sky I found myself struggling to find Andy’s Icterine that he saw here on the hill. It had obviously moved on. I made my way towards home only to find this little chap on the hedgerows. A welcome Wryneck.
On the Butterfly day this year we managed 24 species along the Norfolk coast; and we missed some obvious ones. As we waited for insects to descend into the sunshine draped blackberry bush a Valezina arrived. This is a washed out silver form of the female Silver Washed Fritillary with a rainbow thorax. When I say it arrived; I mean it did everything but slap us in the face. I was surprised. I’ve never heard of one being seen at this site before and to have one land just inches from us was quite a delight… for us all.