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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Chiff-if-if

First decent day for sometime at Pulborough although still chilly in the north facing areas early on. Butterfly wise this Comma (below), a few Orange Tips, Peacocks, Red Admirals, Speckled Woods and lots of whites plus a brief Small Copper. Three Broad-bodied Chasers included a male and plenty of Azure Damselflies. The birding highlights were three 'chiff-if-if' ing Wood Sandpipers flushed by a raggedy Red Kite and two or three Hobbies, the first of which perched up for extended scope views. Swifts and Swallows plentiful earlier soon dispersed. A distant LRP was still display-flighting.

The three Nightingales were very subdued and only heard briefly and two Cuckoo's were equally elusive.

This Chrysotoxum hoverfly didn't hang about for a decent picture and a similar or same species later on in the play area was even more elusive; the former looks OK for cautum. Also an Arge spp Sawfly and a couple of Beeflies.




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