A fabulous trip up the M5 to Netherclay Community Woodland this morning, just this side of Taunton, with my good friend and neighbour Neil, for Brown Hairstreak. We had to put a bit of work in but it was well worth it, with two beautiful females on their foodplant, Blackthorn. Good to meet Dylan (who got us on to the first individual) and to see Dave Land who's knowledge and expertise is superb. After a bit of sitting this female started to creep downwards along the stem of the blackthorn, feeling with her abdomen for suitable areas on which to lay eggs.
Two Black-tailed Godwits were the highlight off Mudbank this morning. Also present on the incoming tide - 2 Turnstone, 2 Redshank, 3+ Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 1 Ringed Plover and the escaped White-cheeked Pintail in with the Mallard flock for its third day.
Yesterday - 2 Teal, 4 Turnstone, 5 Common Gull and 18 Common Tern noted.
Honeysuckle - lots of this growing at Netherclay - a fantastic reserve beside the river Tone.
Pearly Underwing - a scarce immigrant species that I've only trapped a couple of times before. In its company - 2 White-point, 2 Silver Y and a two or three Rusty Dot Pearl. Migrant lepidoptera on Orcombe this afternoon included Rush Veneer, Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow. One Wheatear on the dung heap.