Apart from skylarks that sang high above the fields and the twittering of goldfinches, there was little birdsong. The wild flowers were reduced in numbers, and we struggled to identify some. The abundance of butterflies was the highlight of the day; fortunately we had Sheila with us who has a keen interest in them but even she struggled to positively identify one that we thought was possibly an Adonis Blue. Later she contacted a local expert who ruled that out and explained it was most likely a freshly emerged Common Blue and highlighted that the key difference is ‘that the small black markings on the outer edge of the forewing run through the white border with the Adonis Blue’ – such detail is difficult to see in the field.
We did identify a Brown Argus, a butterfly with a dark bronze-brown ground colour and clearly defined orange markings, one that none of us had previously seen.
It was a perfect day to be out with like-minded people and we all enjoyed our morning together.
Next Meeting – Wednesday 9th August, meet at the Marina Car Park 10.00 and end at the Parlour Café (summer get-together).
Birds: Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Crow, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Oystercatcher, Mallard, Moorhen, Black-headed & Herring Gulls, Little Egret.
Flowers: Bristly Ox-tongue, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Dandelion, Mallow, Common Fleabane, Small-flowered Cranesbill, Scented & Scentless Mayweed, Ragwort, White Campion, Prickly & Smooth Sow-thistle, Field Poppy, Red & White Clover, Hawkweed, Field Pansy, Field Forget-me-not, Broad-leaved & Ribwort Plantain, Yarrow, Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle, Wild Carrot, Bramble, Field Bindweed, Spear Thistle, Marsh Thistle, Lucerne, Hedge Mustard, Lucerne, Reedmace, Wild Carrot, Yarrow, Black Horehound, Burdock, Sheep’s Sorrel, Common Orache, Rose-bay Willowherb, Sea Lavender, Daisy, Common Knapweed,
Butterflies: Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper
Other: 7-spot Ladybird, Grasshopper, Soldier Beetle, Red & White-tailed Bumble Bee, Dragonfly (brown), Oak Apple, Blue Bottle, Small Tortoiseshell.