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Monday 10 June 2024

Adonis Blue Plus

A collection of recent butterfly images.
Various species that should be flying now are a bit thin on the ground at the moment due to the below normal temperatures in my area.

Adonis Blue










Meadow Brown

Lulworth Skipper (Male)


Common Blue (Male)

Common Blue (Female)



Female and Male Common Blue

Small Heath

Speckled Wood

Wednesday 5 June 2024

In the Open Field


In the open fields things are starting to happen at last.
There is more visible Bird movement from what I can now see. 
There is things happening in Agriculture. Lambs are growing and the Sheep are being shorn.
However, I have yet to be convinced that there is much Butterfly movement.

I was pleased to observe a number of Corn Buntings and hear their delightful song.
This species is on the UK Red List and is of serious concern due to the decline in population.
However it is reported as remaining at current levels, so hopefully we will continue to see the likes of this bird in the future.

Corn Bunting











Below is a classic location to find Corn Bunting.


Such an area as above is also a good place to find Stonechat.

Stonechat (Female)


 Another bird of the open field is of course the Skylark.

Skylark



On this field walk my concern about the lack of butterflies was confirmed.
I only managed to find a Small Heath and did observe a few Large Whites on the wing.
I quite expected to find some Adonis Blue in this area, but without success.

Small Heath

There are plenty of sheep to be found in the area. 
My field walk was concentrated around Maiden Castle Dorchester.





Common Spotted Orchid


Sunday 2 June 2024

A Flower in the Forest


Rhododendrons 
Not easy to pronounce correctly and even more difficult to spell.
A shrub that can grow into a tree. Oddly enough it is a member of the Heather family.
A few miles from where I live is the Puddletown Forest where the 'Rhody' grows in a considerable numbers. May is the right time to view the flowers in bloom. Unfortunately there is only one colour of the shrub/tree in this forest.