Linnet (c) 2009 Mick & Kath Sharpe
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Narrow-bordered 5-Spot Burnet Moth
Comma - notice chunk taken out of it - probably by a bird
A return visit to last Wednesday's location in much better weather. The Green Woodpeckers, Red-legged Partridges, Kestrels, Yellowhammers, Goldfinches, Swallows, House Martins and Buzzards were all present and correct again. The Sand Martins were a new species for this location. However, one of the most stunning birds was the most brilliantly-coloured-chested Linnet any of us had previously observed. David stalked it to try & get a good photograph, but just as he was about to press the shutter it moved - twice! Although the bird depicted above by Mick & Kath Sharpe isn't quite as red as the bird we saw, it does give you a good idea of the beauty of this member of the finch family. The brighter weather really made the Butterflies put on a great display. Those we saw included: Marbled White 6, Gatekeeper 3, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 15, Meadow Brown 31, Ringlet 41, Small White 6, Green-veined White 8, Large White 2, Small Skipper 23, Small Copper 20, Small Heath 11 & Painted Lady 1. David's tally of the bird species seen today was 22. Although the location is named after Rabbits, we failed to spot a single one!