Sunday, 22 April 2012
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.