Friday, 16 August 2013

Loads of Colour

First time I'd been for a wander up the bridleway at Prestwick Carr for some time, but it was well worth it.
It was not long before a pair of coupled Southern Hawkers were seen perched in the verge. That was the first of around eight or nine hawker sightings, never seen quite so many in such a short space of time. Common Darters were also on the move.
Butterflies were abundant. With Peacocks, Large white, Green veined white, Small Copper, Skippers, Speckled Wood, and loads of Wall Brown making the best of the wild flowers already well past their best

However the highlight had to be the male Redstart which was spotted both on the outward and return walk. 

A buzzard soared so high it was only visible as a dot with the bins and 
a Whitethroat gave out plenty of alarm calls from a safe distance.
The Hawthorn bushes are totally laden with berries and a few are already pink.