Shipley View and Straw’s Bridge sightings

September 1, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings by Jim Steele

Over the last few days. Great crested grebe with a youngster not very old on Swan Lake. Bullfinches. Green woodpecker. Whitethroat in a bush! The odd painted lady, a late large skipper, essex skipper (small colony at the Hex Pools), brown hawker, a couple of southern hawkers, and a single migrant hawker – much less common this year. A ruddy darter landed on my hand (honest!) near the Hex Pools but I didn’t quite manage a picture, but I did catch it on the ground. On the buddleia bush in the garden at Shipley View all at the same time I saw painted lady, peacock, large and small white and several small tortoiseshell – and some stunning, pristine red admirals. Jim