A very quick look at Orcombe this morning before a family breakfast in Topsham for dad's birthday. A few migrants recorded - 4 Wheatear, 5+ Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Swallow. I popped back up there this afternoon and ended up looking at butterflies. Extensive swathes of knapweed are attracting fantastic numbers of insects. At least half a dozen Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, several Common Blues, Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Small Coppers were seen in just half an hour. A pale and skittish Clouded Yellow eventually settled long enough for me to get a photograph. Plenty of Silver Y up there too along with Emperor Dragonfly and Migrant Hawker.
Otherwise today - no sign of the WWBT but 6 Redshank and a Little Tern off Mudbank and a solitary Ringed Plover on the beach.
My first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn - it moved quickly through in fine conditions.
Painted Ladies on knapweed - simply stunning.
Migrant Hawker - thanks Lee!
Clouded Yellow on Dandelion seed.
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