Tuesday, 8 August 2017

8th August, 2017 Burgess Hill and Beachy Head

Doreen suggested that we visit a nearby site which we haven't visited for a couple of years to see if we would have any better luck with Brown Hairstreaks. After some 20 minutes searching the site Doreen suddenly shouted with excitement that she had found a close female on a bramble. I quickly joined her just as it flew. Luckily it landed on a blackthorn bush where it stayed for the next 20 minutes and appeared to start laying some eggs before disappearing into the bush and out of sight.

Suspected egg laying after working its way downwards on
a branch of blackthorn.

Female Brown Hairstreak, from all angles, Burgess Hill.
Unfortunately, the sun was not in the best position
which tended to over expose some of the pictures.
I have been trying to photograph this butterfly, especially
the female, for a number of years, and this site is only
about four miles from my front door.

Beachy Head - LP visited Whitbread Hollow area during the morning and recorded the following:

Nightingale 1
Reed Warbler 1
Garden Warbler 2
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Common Whitethroat c45
Willow Warbler c25