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Late July and August are pretty quiet months for birders as breeding is largely finished and birds are largely quiet with some migrants already departing again......cuckoos are already back in Africa. In the wood there is not much to report other than groups of youngsters - Blue Tits, Treecreepers, Nuthatches, Long-tailed and Great Tits. But its a good time to switch attention to insects with the sunny weather producing a good butterfly year (at last).

           I have seen good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admirals in the wood this year and yesterday a walk around and up the track produced a good count of species - Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted Lady (just one), Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large and Small White. There were several fresh-looking Commas around. They are so territorial, challenging each other to duals and nearly always returning to the same spot to rest. I have yet to see a Purple Emperor in the wood this year but had g…

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