Butterflies flutter by

They're late, aren't they? The majority of snow will by gone by tomorrow here, as there has been warm and sunny weather since Thursday.

Saw my first one here today, a yellow one!

Isn't there an old-wives' tale that says that the summer will be such-and-such according to the colour of the first butterfly you see, although I don't see how that can work in practice!


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I saw 2 pheasants on Friday on my run in Aberdeenshire. Nearly ran over one of them as it was in the middle of the road without a care in the world.

Almost had Pheasant for lunch.:tongue:

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Over the Hill
Mrs 26x25 pointed out a Brimstone on the wing about 2 weeks ago and last week (up North) I saw a Peacock.

Whilst Up North last week I saw several (10+) swallows (that's the birds not the Swallow Tail Butterfly)

Yes Kirstie - bluddy Small and Large Whites decimate my brassicas. ;)


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I saw a couple of male and female pheasants yesterday on my mtb rride in buckinghamshire close to oxfordshire border.

what surprised me was the number of red kites - big birds of prey - 2 ft or more wingspan, that seem to be around. When I lived there about 20 yrs ago hardly saw any so they are thriving pretty well in the area.

a red kite yesterday.

wignspan nearly 2 m - didn't seem that big to me but hard to tell.
rich p

rich p

ridiculous old lush
The red kites were introduced in that area some 15(?) years ago and have thrived.
I believe it is now the area with the highest concentration of red kites in Europe. I've seen one in Sussex in the last year so it seems they are spreading their wings so to speak.
Butterflies eh! Well, we were more fortunate than most folks, I reckon, having had a short break for the last two weeks down in France. Swallowtails in abundance (both kinds) as well as many other familiar species, plus others I can't name! But the high spot for us was spotting the rare 'Cleopatra' - well, rare for those parts, it's mainly a Mediterranean species and must have been right at the northern limit of its range (we were a bit south of Bergerac). First sighting for me for many years. A beautiful species, related to the common yellow Brimstone but the male has brilliant orange flushes on the wings. Alas! sorry guys it doesn't occur in Britain.
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