Shipley 23/05/2015

May 24, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A warm, sunny late Spring day – so started my favourite week of the year. Birds were singing everywhere! Willow warblers, chiffchaff, garden warbler, whitethroat, blackcap, blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, bullfinches, reed bunting, wrens, blackbirds, song thrush and a lone skylark. Wonderful. Swifts wheeling overhead. Green woodpecker calling and a great spotted flying purposefully in that characteristic, undulating way. Mallards aloft involved in that rather dubious courting behaviour so often seen at this time. Butterflies out in modest numbers – Dingy Skippers, a single Brown Argus, my first Small Heath, lots of Common Blues, a couple of Orange Tips and a single, rather drab-looking Small Tortoiseshell. So green – and every type of grass, plant, tree and shrub a different shade! Jim

Hex Pools 20/5/2015

May 20, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

A sunny but breezy evening, and not very warm. 2 Dingy Skipper butterflies were a welcome sight – there are at least two, discrete colonies here. Only butterflies I saw. Reed warbler singing beside pool. Swifts powering about, swallow and a brief snatch of skylark song from the adjacent fields. Blue tits gathering food for newly hatched nestlings. Green woodpecker calling. Coots with young on the pools. Buzzards aloft in distance. Jim

Stanton 4/05/2015

May 5, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

The Green Hairstreak was seen again today – but not by me! However, two Dingy Skipper were my first of the season. Small Copper. Brimstone and a few other Whites. May is here. Jim

Stanton 30/4/2015

May 2, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Quick visit to Stanton today. No butterflies whatsover – apart from a Green Hairstreak! Jim