Having not been climbing hills for a while following health problems last year I was delighted to find that the winters excesses were not heeding progress and so it was I enjoyed a few hours of butterfly heaven which by chance I was able to enjoy in the company of a good friend who had also chosen to enjoy the butterflies and weather.
Even though the sun felt warm the wind was taking the edge off the warmth so that the butterflies didnt appear until about 11am.
One Duke of Burgundy was quickly followed by another three and time was spent trying to get that perfect shot when the butterflies were landing and partially closing their wings but soon the wind dropped and the butterflies became a little more amiable.
In the end we saw 10 Duke of Burgundy and my first Grizzled Skipper for the site,quickly followed by a Green Hairstreak and a Holly Blue which seemed to completely fill in the gaps of the missing butterflies so far.
Large Bee-fly's were everywhere and on more than one occasion were found nectaring on the Cowslips which adorn the site,naturally.
The final counts were Duke of Burgundy 10, Grizzled Skipper 1, Green Hairstreak 1 ,Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 3, Brimstone 4 - 2M/2FM, and a few Orange-tip males.
Having dedicated the Orange-tips to my sister Sue in Cornwall earlier I am duty bound to dedicate the Duke of Burgundy photos to her husband and my brother in law Brian who will know why!!! Keep smiling!!