Mrs PB at work, me on a day off, forecast no wind and glorious sunshine... must be time for a butterfly hunt up Hod Hill
Stepped out of the front door, whizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... the House Martins were in full flow
At the base of the slope up to Hod Hill itself, I spied a flash of colour on a tree trunk.... Red Admiral drying off, with a neighbourly bee
On the ground, just off the sheep trail I was following, snails!
There's some woodland alongside the trail up to the hill, inhabited by the usual folk, Robins, Blackbirds, Great and Blue Tits, and I also spied a Treecreeper, that stayed very elusive, unfortunately
Quick quiz....any thoughts what this is please? (Possibly a Whitethroat, I think I heard one singing in the rough area this chap was in)
There was a lot of Skylark song in the air, and I think this is one, but I'm not 100% because of the white collar
Another pair I'm not sure of... possibly Wheatears (grey head and an eyestripe), but perched up a tree which I'm not used to seeing them doing
Hawking low over the grass was a Swallow
There were a few Skylarks in song flight
Going solely by the tail, the next flier is a Wheatear
Skylark on one of the forts' ridges
Red Leg Partridge flushed by the farmer on his quad bike whilst he was counting bullocks!
High in a tree a Goldfinch sang
And from the same tree a Yellowhammer flew a short distance to a neighbouring tree
Again, not 100% sure, because of unusual markings, but Mistle Thrush?
And who flies in an odd manner, like this?
Finally, another butterfly... Small Heath
And then the sun went away and a massive bank of cloud rolled in, so I headed back to the car, spotting a Linnet
And finally a pair of Yellowhammers
I hope you enjoyed the elevation of Hod Hill, without the effort!! I'll be back later in the summer hopefully for a more butterfly-y day!!
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