Thursday, 3 July 2014

Seconds in Suffolk!

Martin (my oldest birding mate!) was keen to catch up with the butterflies in Suffolk, so an early start saw us at Dunwich Forest by 9.00: within a few minutes we found at least six White-letter Hairstreaks and a few White Admirals, including this example with a curious pale underwing. Several Buzzards soared overhead, including a nice pale individual.

A move to another belt of woodland provided flight views only of at least five Purple Emperors and a couple of Purple Hairstreaks: also present were Brown Hawker and Common Darter.

We finished the day at Dunwich Heath, where a search along 'Docwra's Dyke' added several damsels and dragons, including my first Small Red-eyed Damsel of the year. Anyone know what the caterpillar will turn into? I'm guessing a hawkmoth!

At home, the new Turtle pair were much in evidence, while the original female also came to feed at 7.00pm.



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