Small Copper - high numbers at Soar this morning. In fact I can confidently say I've never seen so many, with particularly high concentrations around the ponds and between the ponds and Midde Soar.
I had a job to do in Loddiswell this morning so I decided to make the most of having to travel all that way, and have a mooch around one of my favourite paces - Soar. On arrival it was foggy but it soon transformed in to a beautiful morning, and there were a few migrants around - 1 Willow Warbler, 1+ Chiffchaff, 7+ Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, c40/50+ Swallow, c30/40+ House Martin, 4+ Blackcap, c10+ Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Jay, 1+ Tree Pipit and 2 Wheatear noted but many areas were unchecked.
Good to see Pete and Ian as always, and nice to see good numbers of butterflies with Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Copper and Painted Lady all recorded.
Rush Marble Bactra lancealana - good numbers of these disturbed from Juncus. They are quite variable in appearance...
Meadow Brown on Common Fleabane.
Good numbers of Painted Lady around today.
Green-veined White on Water Mint.
Six Meadow Pipits seen this morning. Haven't had any over Orcombe yet.