For a change of scenery I decided to go for a walk along a public footpath that leads off from Whittington Hall Lane, the path leads eventually to the bridleway at Sugar Loaf Lane and Bunkers Hill Wood. The first walk on Friday afternoon was in glorious sunshine, Skylarks, Yellowhammer, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Swallow, Swift , Kestrel and Buzzard were seen today and also a Redstart that took flight in to a field as I walked back up the path! I waited patiently to see if it would show again but no luck. The Redstart was the main reason I returned the next day but still no luck! However I did add Great Tit, Whitethroat, Linnet and a Jay to my bird list. Butterflies were lovely to see as on both days the warm sun shone brightly, however there was more of a breeze on the Saturday (28th) walk.
Butterfly species seen were Comma (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1), with Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Skipper in abundance! I am wondering if I have an Essex Skipper, I have read that the undersides of the tips of the antennae are yellow orange in the Small Skipper whereas they are black in the Essex Skipper. I am not sure if it is a trick of the light as I have an image of a Skipper that looks as though it has the black tips. Help with ID if it is possible to tell from the images would be appreciated.
The Whitethroats were a treat to see, I reckon there were at least two juveniles and very confiding they were too! This is where the Sheep come in, they were grazing in the field behind me and as I stopped for a while to take pics of the Whitethroats I could hear the sheep coming ever closer to me. I turned to see almost the whole flock facing me close to the fence as they made their way down the field grazing as they went! I reckon they wanted their picture taken too.lol!
Small Skipper. I am unsure of the first Skipper image and wonder if this is an Essex Skipper.