Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday 23rd August

A visit to New Hythe for an hour and a half from 4.30pm today.

I again parked at the Water Works entrance, walked through the West and East scrub over the railway to Abbey Mead, along the Medway path and the sunken marsh at the top of Abbey Mead, around Brooklands and back along the Mill Stream.
From the West scrub I could see 2 Buzzard circling high over the North Downs, in the scrub here there were several Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Moving to the East scrub 2 Sand Martin shot over and I had brief views of a Garden Warbler amongst the Elderberries. Also 3 Slow Worm here and a good number of worn Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper, also at least 10 Comma. 20+ Migrant Hawker and a few Common Darter here as well, also probable Ruddy Darter.
Walking on it was fairly quiet - some nice swathes of Fleabane and Water Mint around Abbey Mead but not much else of great note - nice however to be out in the sunshine for a change.

Common Blue (female)

Comma - I can never resist taking pictures of butterflies - they'll be gone soon


At 8:22 pm, Blogger John Young said...

I'm with you Steve, I end up taking masses of butterfly shots. Sounds like a nice walk anyway.

At 10:52 am, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
Sadly , you are right .All our native butterfly species have emerged now .
Still hope for Clouded Yellow or even a Camberwell Beauty .
All dragon/damselfly species emerged as well .
Amazing how Water Mint and Fleabane are at their best when the nectar drinkers are on the wane .

At 4:01 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Steve.....I am with you on that, have taken some photographs of butterflies today and a lovely dragonfly appeared for Sunday safari.......I seem to have many in the garden but they are all flying above my head at the moment....wonderful to see them though.....who can resist a butterfly, they are so short lived......


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