Sunday, 7 July 2013

Bernwood Forest - 5 July 2013

The first sunny day following on from last Sunday when 50+ Black Hairstreaks were reported in the M40 compensation area. After the longish walk to get to the M40 end of the wood, things certainly did not seem a repeat of Sundays 50 odd, and through there may have been a few higher up, I only managed about four at a mid height level and got two poor shots of one that was lower enough. A bit disappointing after last Sundays glut, but they are now reported on the wane at other sites and the first was out on the 21st June, this being a species not know for a long flight period. There were a few marbled Whites flying but oddly none along the main pathway where they are also usually quite common. On the way back I was rewarded with a very fresh white Admiral flying around the path just before getting back tot he car park, but alas, and not unsurprisingly, it did not alight.

  Black Hairstreak

Marbled White

 Meadow Brown