18.7.16.

Monday..Full sunshine, and even at 6:30am this morning it was 19ºC.

Only had a short visit this morning, I always find a nice sunny morning a good time to catch Purple Hairstreak down low feeding. I also had not seen one this year at HC. I did manage to see 2, but both were way up in the canopy of an Oak Tree. I could only manage to focus on this one….

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Even at this early hour, and with dew around, there was good numbers of Butterflies, like this Meadow Brown…

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While waiting to see if the Purple Hairstreaks would fly down, a Blue Tit and young Long-tailed Tit paid me a visit. Probably wondering why some nut was up so early, looking for Butterflies. Perhaps the Long-tailed Tit was wondering what I was looking at, and had a look itself….

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A lovely new Dedicated/Memorial bench has appeared. It’s in a lovely area of the Common. Like Howard, I have had many a happy time on the Common. Especially where this bench is. I photographed my 1st Emperor moth in this exact place.

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Perhaps Howard was looking down on me this morning, because no soon as I had finished photographing his bench, a Scarlet Tiger landed nearby. Hayley the new SWT Warden got the briefest of views has it flew off again. But I did manage this photo…

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Had a bit of luck back at the car. This Lesser Yellow Underwing flew in my boot…

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