Staying Local

A nice surprise on the morning dog walk with a Clouded Yellow Butterfly seen. Last one I saw was in 2009. In the afternoon I spent an hour having a look around Witchelstowe. There is some good habitat here although obviously it is changing all the time as new areas are developed.

A reasonable amount seen with four Herons, two Cormorants, three Lapwing and best of all a Greenshank worth a mention.

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I then went  to Barbury Castle to look for butterflies. Although conditions were not ideal, the sun had gone in and it was quite breezy, eight species were seen with the highlight being another Clouded Yellow. Unfortunately it wouldn’t settle so I wasn’t able to get a photograph.

Final sighting here was that of five Buzzards soaring together.

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