A good day for Transects

A good day on Grafton Transects.  The best White Admirals for years – 14 seen on the Transect. First Ringlets and first Emerald and Blue-tailed Damselfly.

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Return from Holiday

After a weeks holiday butterfly numbers had improved at Grafton.  White Admiral, Large Skipper and Common Blue.

I also found 10 Great Butterfly Orchids and Emperor Dragonfly.

 

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Large Skipper

The first Large Skipper of the year today at Grafton.  Just about on time so perhaps the season is back on schedule.

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A bad time of year for butterflies

Although its a bad time of year for Butterflies at Grafton its great for Dragon flies.

Only 10 butterflies on the whole transect and a few moths:

BUT the Dragonflies on the new pond is quite a sight.

Common Spotted Orchid, Twayblade and Ragged Robin are out.

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Bluebells are at their best…..

The first week in May and the Bluebells are at their best.  A few early purple orchids are also out now. Butterfly numbers remain poor – however the first Speckled Woods were seen today.

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Weather deteriorates….

After record braking temperatures and continuous sunshine back to cool and damp for this week. Without the sun the early spring butterflies are scarce – just a few Green-veined Whites and Orange-tips.  There was a dead young fox by the new pond being attended by a a Comma butterfly – how strange!!

I think that all the Bluebells will be out by next weekend.

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Blackthorn in the orchard

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First Butterfly Transect…..

The sun came out today and was able to walk the first Transect at Grafton.

Brimstone – 30 – Comma – 11  – Peacock – 4 and a Small Tortoiseshell on the way home.

Also saw the first Blackcap of the season.

 

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