Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Purple day in Suffolk!

Linda & I enjoyed a terrific 12-hour crawl of the wildlife hotspots of coastal Suffolk with our friends (and neighbours) Sue & Peter.

First stop was Theberton, where literally thousands of Migrant Hawkers had taken up residence: one bush must've held over a hundred, while the sky was filled with their aerial ballet. Other dragons included Brown & Southern Hawker and a pair of Emperors.

We had, of course, visited the wood for butterflies and weren't disappointed: despite an early start to their flight season, there were still several fresh-looking female Purple Emperors in the clearing and we all 'enjoyed' occasional views of Silver-washed Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak. Birds included a Buzzard, a distant Goshawk and a Hobby.

A move across to Minsmere and a walk right round the reserve was, perhaps, not so productive, but there were some juvenile Stonechats and Lesser Whitethroats along the beach. The East Scrape held  plenty of waders and a few Little Gulls...

Last stop was Dunwich Heath where we all managed good views (but not photos!) of two family parties of Dartford Warblers and a Green Woodpecker. Grayling was new for the day's butterfly list.

Supper and a few glasses of Pinot in the White Hart, Blythburgh was a great way to round off the day!


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