With the other surveyor still recovering from hospital treatment , I was asked to help with the butterfly survey at Down House , where I do the bird survey . As with other sites , Meadow Brown , Ringlet , Gatekeeper and Small Skipper won hands down , but I did manage to double my Small Copper sightings for the year , when I found two specimens in aerial combat . They did finish
The afternoon was spent doing a barbeque , hastily rearranged , following the 'near end of the world' weather forecast for this afternoon . As it turned out , it stayed dry till a short shower just after 1530 , so we could have left the arrangements as they were .
This morning , yet another search for PHs up on the Commons , and for once it was successful with 7/10 specimens recorded . It was impossible to give a set number , as they were very mobile and very
Odonata proved disappointing , plenty of Common Blue Damselflies , many in tandem and
The first meaningful rain started at 1930 , so we could have had the barbeque this afternoon after all , but it did seem knock out the Broadband connection for most of the evening , which is why this post is so late .