Friday, 7 March 2014

My First Butterflies of the Year

With a week of settled mild sunny weather, its been very frustrating at work knowing that spring has finally sprung. I managed a very brief 10 minute visit after work to Reculver on Wednesday where I wanted to see if any butterflies were on the wing. Iv'e still not seen one yet so I was hopeful that in a few sunny areas I might get lucky. The temperature was dropping quickly but a quick search revealed my first 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies of the year but unfortunately I had no camera on me, unforgivable! With another sunny afternoon today I was out of work sharp at 3.45pm where once again I drove over to Reculver in the hope of a butterfly for the camera. A look inland revealed no butterflies but I did see 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Mistle Thrush. I moved on to the back of the caravan park where I was able to locate 2 Small Tortoiseshell and this time with the camera in hand, I was able to grab a few shots before they flew off at speed. The weather looks quite nice over the weekend and maybe a migrant will arrive with a bit of luck or a few more butterflies will be on the wing.

Small Tortoiseshell


  1. The first of many Marc, It's gonna get busy soon!

  2. I saw one two days ago, but it doesn't look very well. Spring is coming Marc. Great butterfly image.

  3. When you live in the wilds of Cumbria like myself, its just amazing to see that. it wouldn' t have a chance up here, there has been a strong North wind blowing.
    All the best, Gordon.

  4. Cute images on your blog my congratulations. regards