With the trees and houses around our garden we only seem to get sunshine on part of our Buddleia at a time during this time of year but when we do it can suddenly get busy with butterflies – I guess it isn’t called Butterfly Bush for nothing.
During one sunny interval yesterday I managed to count 9 Red Admiral on the bush at one time. There were probably others that I didn’t spot.
The Red Admirals still have to share it with other flying insects like this Bee Hoverfly.
Some of them looked very fresh with no creases on their wings. This one just has a few on its right wings.
This one has a rather ragged left wing but it was nowhere near the worst.
The wings of butterflies are beautiful and to see them on flowers or flitting about in sunlight is great. But I get a bit uncomfortable when looking closely at their heads. It always looks as though there is one dark spot on the eye looking straight at you.
As usual the images are on Flickr and you can see a couple of other photos within the album.
Today was quite pleasant and I made use of the reasonable sunshine to go up onto Baildon Moor. There should be a few passage migrants but I think the wind was in the wrong direction for them.
One of the first things I saw was a Redkite. As usual it drifted effortlessly past and a few seconds later was a dot over towards Shipley Glen.
Quite a few Meadow Pipits were still flitting around as were flocks of Goldfinch still feeding on the seed heads of the thistles in the field near the path leading down to Golcar Farm.
Further round near the tree plantation before the huts were a few small birds flitting between the bushes by the wall into the bracken. They were calling not singing so I wasn’t quite sure whether they were Willow Warblers of Chiffchaffs. Fortunately I managed to get this shot and decide that it was a Chiffchaff. The call didn’t have the extra half syllable on the end so hopefully I will know in future.
Several times I saw a Kestrel hovering over the grassy areas but always too far away to get a photo. But then all of a sudden one was above me. The header images shows it scratching its ear.
Over the afternoon clouds kept forming and then disappearing. Some of them let rain fall but only for a few seconds. When the clouds cleared the sky seemed to be criss crossed with vapour trails. At one point it looked as though you could play celestial tic-tac-toe.
Click on an image to see it in the album on flickr. There are a few other photos in the album.