Sunday, 22 April 2012

Green Hairstreak return


We set out to Otley Chevin with only the smallest of breaks in cloud cover, on the off-chance that we might strike lucky and find a few Green Hairstreaks. An early sighting of a solitary butterfly gave way to a further 45 minutes of wandering until we found four additional butterflies on Bilberry in the bottom section of the field.


This one is a different Green Hairstreak to the first two photos, note fewer white spots on the hindwing.


Other than the Green Hairstreak we spotted two Peacock butterflies, a male Kestrel, two Curlews flew overhead down the valley, Chiffchaffs were audible, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Blackbird were all present. Heading back, we came to a sheltered hollow where a number of small birds hopped from tree to tree,  Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Robin, Chaffinch, two Siskin and a Warbler. I don't know enough to distinguish between Warblers but was able to note the distinctive descending melodious song which I checked online and am reasonably certain that this is a Willow Warbler, I'd welcome any feedback on this.

5 comments:

  1. A superb group of pics and sightings

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  2. Goos Hairsreak butterfly pics, I know what to look out for now.
    Certainly looks like a Willow Warbler - check out http://www.xeno-canto.org/ for bird song, but from your description yours sounds like a Willy.

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  3. Wow! Those Green Hairstreaks are in superb condition, must have emerged that very morning. Beautifully captures too. ;-)

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  4. Lovely to see more photos of the Green Hairstreaks - beautifully captured.

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  5. Hello CB, ta v much!

    Hi Phil, thanks for the confirm, I'll be sure to check that out, Linda

    Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by, they're beauties aren't they

    Hello Ragged Robin, a return trip was in order, maybe time for another soon , weather depending!

    Best wishes all, Linda

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