22nd March 2011
Answer the Butterflies of course!
For many naturalists the sight of a Brimstone butterfly in early spring is a sign that winter has finally ended. On sunny mornings even as early as February, this species emerges from hibernation in search of nectar. The male Brimstone’s bright yellow colour even matches the sun. Well the good news is that over the weekend and in the last few days, sightings have been recorded in some parts of Essex, even locally in a friend’s garden in Ingrave. This morning I joined an R.S.P.B Birdwatching group from South East Essex in Hockley Woods.  It was a cloudy start to the day, however it gradually brightened up, the sun came out and the temperature rose to the heady heights of 17C, phew,nearly took my wax jacket off! I know Birdwatching is my thing, but all British Wildlife is special and Butterflies are no exception. So I was pleased to see my first Butterflies of the year.  A Peacock fluttered by, no not the bird...the Butterfly! A few yards away a Comma was on the fallen leaves in the sun (see picture, I managed to take). The best Butterfly surely, was sighted locally,  a Camberwell Beauty which was sighted and photographed at Rainham Marshes. I believe this is a first for the R.S.P.B Reserve, fantastic!

I saw my first Chiffchaff of the year, this morning. Other Birds sighted Nuthatch, Treecreeeper, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Long tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great spotted Woodpecker, and the usual woodland and town birds.
Now all I want to do is transport some of the Birds and Butterflies over to Brickfields....they will come on their own accord, but it’s me who is impatient!
Bye for now.

                   My first Butterfly of the year , a Comma, common and widespread, but lovely to see in March !

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