Spent the morning processing the rest of the recently taken shots , in grey windy conditions . After lunch , a glimmer of brightness , and I was off to follow up the first of two recently received pieces of 'information recieved' . The first was regarding a pair of Little Owls that were rearing a youngster at their nest site , a dead tree , thank you for the info Ted . That brightness did not last very long , and
Many thanks to Dean/DDD and anon. for identifying the moth as a Mottled Beauty . In my defence , it looks nothing like the specimen on UK Moths , but realaise that the species is very variable . I was glad to reach the car as on the way home it threw it down . Later , Carol was about to start dinner when the skies opened again , so with Carol holding dinner , I went out again , this time looking for a Fritillary butterfly , that should be by the seaside . I had been told that Glanville Fritillaries , usually found on the Isle of Wight and on the Hampshire coast , had been found , just South of London . Conditions were fine as I drove to the site , but on my arrival , they deteriorated , quickly . I went to the area that I had been told , but a cool wind was blowing , and very little sun . I patrolled the area , seeing lots of Swifts and a few House Martins , but not a single butterfly . The
Can only think it was a 'country boy' up in the 'big smoke' on holiday . Thanks again for the info .
With the skies grey again , I headed home for dinner .
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