Bird Watching June Report

Birdwise, not a lot to report on at Fermyn Woods Country Park but Song Thrush and Willow Warbler were in fine voice, the latter giving us some decent views. An occasional Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were also seen/heard. Needless to say, Red Kites were two a penny but “a little bit of bread and no cheese” made us look up to see a solitary Yellowhammer.

Black Hairstreak

The highlight though was a few sightings of the Black Hairstreak butterfly which has a really short flight period and is confined to a few counties in the East and South Midlands. Fortunately Richard managed to get a good photo of it, reproduced above. We also saw some Skippers and eventually got good views of an Emperor dragonfly when it finally settled! Sadly, the grey, overcast day was not particularly conducive to flights of dragonflies or butterflies.