unwilling to separate from each other . Even when I placed them on vegetation , they stayed together . On Burnt Gorse , an Oak sapling was trying to be a Red Oak , but the leaf is wrong , more
likely to be Sessile Oak . , and a moth that I thought would have been in the Carpet family , but can't
find it on UK Moths . I tried to get closer , but it flew . Many thanks to Marianne and Spock for identifying the moth as one of the forms of Silver Carpet , and to Spock again for suggesting that the Burnet Moth on the previous post was in fact a Narrow Bordered Five Spot . On the Orchid Bank , I found Terry Laws , who told me that he had a Fritillary fly by a little earlier , good news to my ears . After a catch up , we went our separate ways . Good to meet up again Terry .
This morning , I decided to visit the local farmhouse where the House Martins nest , having seen a couple of birds on my way home yesterday . I was well pleased to find at least 7 nests occupied and
all seemed to have well grown young . If this weather holds , they should be able to get another brood off , even though it will be later than usual . I think that was on the minds of the adults on the left ,
who returned several times without feeding their young , probably to encourage them out of the nest .
I then made a visit to Salt Box Hill below Biggin Hill Airport , the site ruined by the grazier's ponies . I did see one Marbled White and a couple of other species , but nothing like what it used to be . I think I mentioned that he had now left the area to graze down in the West Country , and subsequently sacked from that position . With the temperature still rising , my last call was back to High Elms , but to concentrate on just two species , Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral . I failed to find either , but did find Keith , of last Sunday's Black Hairstreak outing , and later his parents , who arrived not knowing that he was there . Just before spotting them , Keith found a large moth in the
grass , in the process of expanding it's wings . After much head scratching , Keith came up with Large Yellow Underwing , and although it had disappeared half an our later when we went back , I think he was spot on , once I had a look on the web . His parents were interested in seeing the Yellow Birdsnest , and after a catch up they left , closely followed by myself . Keith stopped on a bit , but didn't manage to find either of the two species that I was after either .
And finally , WELL DONE ANDY , LETS HOPE WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 77 YEARS .