Saturday, 23 April 2016

Friday Flutters and Patch Birds.

During my patch walks this week the most obvious LBJ was the Chiffchaff with several pairs chasing one another while other singletons were either singing or busily searching for insects.

I have also completed my third weekly butterfly transect walk through the oak woodland on the north of Ashtead Common, hence the return of 'Friday Flutters'.
Due to the lower temperatures the variety and number of each species recorded was very low. Just three Brimstone, including this image of a resting female attempting to soak up as much warmth as possible from the limited sunshine.

The only nectar sources available have been the early flowering Bluebells and Lesser Celandine but this week the woodland floor was starting to come alive with large patches of Wood Anemone. The only other flutter recorded this week on the transect was the Peacock (below).

A Kestrel patiently surveys its surroundings in one of the large open woodland glades.

I always encounter a few of the very acrobatic Long-tailed Tits during my walks and have watched several still collecting nesting material.

Once again this week the three pairs of Lapwing on the fields at Rushett Farm were very vocal as they endeavoured to chase off any of the Carrion Crows that entered their territorial airspace.

Linking to:
Saturday's Critters
Nature Notes


  1. I've watched orange tips feeding off forget me not, peacocks have been on bluebells in my vicinity.

  2. You have seen a good few butterflies, I have only seen Small white as yet. Seen many willow warbers but no Chiffchaff as yet either. I am not doing to well here. Love the L.T. Tits. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Excellent pictures you have taken Frank.

  4. I like all of your 'Friday Flutters' - some lovely photographs.

    All the best Jan

  5. Hello, gorgeous post and photos. The birds and butterflies are lovely. The Lapwings are my favorite. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  6. Hi Frank,
    Chiff Chaff arrived in the garden around ten days ago. Lovely to hear their familiar notes......

    Butterflies have been so few this Spring. I have only seen one peacock, one red admiral, one orange tip and the holly blue....that is it, worrying

    Lovely capture of the Kestral.........

  7. Your photos are so pretty! I'm loving the butterflies and that acrobatic bird is awesome!

  8. Lovely captures Frank...I saw a cabbage white butterfly but there are only dandelions o nectar on right now..Michelle


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