|To be honest I'm not sure what this! but I quite liked it|
With the warmth of the day I was really hoping for an improvement in butterfly numbers, early on there were several Meadow Browns and a Large White plus a few Small Skippers, as I went further on, more species were added first a Comma, just after a SPARROWHAWK sent a YELLOWHAMMER diving for cover. Next several Ringlets were found in the long grass of the meadow and a possible Essex Skipper, I 've only identified a couple of these with complete confidence in the past. Moving passed the shallow ponds there were several Azure Damselflies a Beautiful Demoiselle, a couple of Four Spotted Chasers and an Emperor Dragonfly, I was really enjoying the insects today!
|Possible Essex Skipper?|
In the wood the first butterfly I saw was my second record of Silver Washed Fritillary, after my first last year. Unfortunately or fortunately, not sure which, it was disturbed by another! The butterflies kept coming with White Admiral next, I forgot the Gatekeeper just before I entered the wood!
I found a clearing and stood for a while, there was a large Dragonfly patrolling the area as it got closer it revealed itself as Golden Ringed, my first for a couple of years!
|Silver Washed Fritillary|
|Golden Ringed Dragonfly|
My walk was coming to an end but there was still time to add Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Small White and later a Small Tortoiseshell plus Broad Bodied Chaser. So the birds took a bit of a back seat today, I'm sure they didn't mind and possibly 13 species of butterfly, I think is the most I've had in one day at Sissinghurst
|Broad Bodied Chaser|