Friday, 10 July 2009

World's Oldest Horse Race Location

Marbled White
6-Spot Burnet Moth
Thing's didn't look too promising before the start of this term's final regular session. There were some very ominous clouds to the south-west of today's location, but luckily they kept away from us. At a first glance there weren't the clouds of butterflies one expects at this location at this time of year. However, on closer inspection there were many Marbled Whites, but instead of being highly mobile in bright, sunny weather, these were busy gathering nectar from Great Knapweed and other chalky grassland flowers. This behaviour probably allowed the best, static views any participant on the Friday pm session had ever enjoyed of this species. Also present: Ringlet, Meadow Brown, a Skipper (not seen by me), 6-Spot Burnet Moth and grasshoppers. Birds seen were: Green Woodpecker (good views), Yellowhammer, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch & Chaffinch.

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