Orange Tip

Sunday 18th May 2008

An Orange Tip posed nicely (above) near Lower Slaughter this afternoon, and was one of the few butterflies on the wing in sunny but coolish conditions.

I spent an excellent morning with Mark in the Forest of Dean, the highlights being a Firecrest, two Garden Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cannop, and at Nagshead two Spotted Flycatchers (one bird seen feeding, another bird was calling nearby), two Goldcrests, a Pied Flycatcher and a Wood Warbler (same singing male as yesterday near the top gate on the short trail). Two Tree Pipits, 7-8 Linnets, a Whitethroat and numerous singing Willow Warblers were at Tidenham Chase. (Photos of Wood Warbler, above, and Spotted Flycatcher below)

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