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Thursday, 8 October 2015

St Mary's Wildflowers

A very pleasant couple of hours at St Mary's Island this afternoon still a few Goldcrests  in the top end  and two wWillow/Chiffs  in the Willows with a Great Spotted Woodpecker , Stonechat , with a couple of Skeins of Pinkfeet heading South , but is was the Butterflies that where in dominance , I loosely counted 42 Speckled Wood , 10 Red Admiral , 6 Small Torts  2 Painted Ladies , and over 100+ Silver Y modtly on the flowers planted along the roadside not counting the hundreds of Bees and other insects . No sign of any Hawkers but plenty of Common Darter scattered all over 

Common Darters 

 When this sign was put up I doubt there was any Speckled Wood in the County

Silver Y

 Liked the sun on this one
 It was good enough to sit for several portraits
 60+ Pinkfeet head south in the clear sky
 Speckled Wood
 Golden Plover settle on the rocks as the tide recedes, with the Wildflowers in the foreground


Killy Birder said...

Speckled Wood Butterflies have been the commonest species I've seen this year Brian. Certainly a massive change in this area over perhaps 6/7 years.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Yes they certainly brighten up the Autumn hedgerows etc:, check out those flowers at St Mary's just covered in insects, well done North Tyneside Council