Thought I would kick this years thread off with the beautiful Peacock spotted today - I have had quite a few moths around the front door but not deployed the lights recently
Edit: 2021 thread can be found here community.rspb.org.uk/.../butterflies-moths-2021
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Thank you Cin for starting this thread, and what a nice colourful start, a peacock butterfly in the sun.
Flickr Peak Rambler
I posted this in the insect thread, before I found out there is a moth & butterfly specific one, so sorry for the duplicate post.
I had a Red Admiral in the garden this morning. I live in Central Scotland so I was surprised to see one so early in February.
In reply to Stephen65:
Don't worry, no one is going to tell you off, but you will most likely gain extra likes for the lovely photo.
Kind regards, Ann
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Gardenbirder said:Thanks for the new thread, CinJ--wonderful pic of a beautiful insect and I hope the early ones survive the remaining bouts of cold, or is it unlikely to freeze from now on in the Channel Islands?
It is unlikely we will get a prolonged freezing spell now - I won't say never as that is tempting the weather gremlins and we have had a couple of mad March events in the last 10 years. There were Peacock and Red Admiral out the other day.
I suspect Stephen's had been overwintering in a very sheltered spot and warmed up enough - in theory it can go torpid again but each wake up will diminish survival chances
A lovely visitor this morning although a bit bedraggled
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
A trip to Steart Marshes at the weekend (WWT reserve featured on Countryfile the previous week) had a surprisingly low tally of birds, but I did see first (and 2nd) Small Tortoiseshells, and 1st Comma of the spring
Very tatty.... possibly just up and about after hibernation?
Much smarter :o)
2013 photos & vids here
eff37 on Flickr
Another two "firsts of the year" today, Peacock and Brimstone (one of which actually stopped close enough and long enough for a pic!!)
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