Berry Head

Very quiet for birds in the afternoon heat. 2 female silver washed fritillaries were nectaring on flowers and egglaying along the track to the quarry, between the track junction outside the N fort and the quarry ramp top gate. Also here, a hawking male emperor dragonfly (which had a go at one of the fritillaries) and a pale hawker (possibly immature southern). Other butterflies included 1 small copper, many 2nd brood common blue, meadow brown, speckled wood, red admiral, painted lady and unidentified whites. On the rabbit lawn just south of the S fort, the first autumn ladies tresses orchids and autumn gentian were just coming into flower, but the real show here was thousands of autumn squill forming blue patches in the turf.

Silver washed fritillary, female   Autumn squill & wild thyme
Silver washed fritillary, female        Autumn squill & wild thyme

Posted August 6th, 2017 at 10:08 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife