I went to a small area of heathland , some distance from the area where the Rhododendron had been removed . The breeze was a bit warmer today , but with reptiles you just don't know .
It was about the same time as I was looking yesterday , and after a few minutes , found my first 'doughnut' of the year , a smart male Adder .
The second sighting had me wondering whether I was looking at a single animal or two . There appeared to be two colour shades , but the light can do that sometimes . I took a shot , still not sure one way or another . It was only when I processed the picture at home that I could just make out the second head , right of centre at about 3 o'clock , just right of the greenery coming from 5 o'clock . The first head being at 10/11 o'clock . This might be cosy now , but when the mating season starts , they will definitely not laying together . The third sighting was much easier , with just the one animal , stretched out to get maximum warmth from the sun . All the animals were males , as on average the males emerge 2/3 weeks before the females .
On the way home , I stopped off at the Common thinking there might be the odd Brimstone , Peacock or Red Admiral about , but found none . I did however find some nice specimens of the Lichen Cladonia cristatella , common names include Devil's Matches and British Soldiers , the latter presumably referring to the 'Redcoats' .
Before leaving , I checked on the Purple Hairstreak eggs on an Oak in one of the clearings , and was alarmed to find a small hole in every egg seen . I'm not sure yet , but it looks as if something has eaten into or been injected into each of them . A bit of research will be need on this one .