Archive for July 25, 2013

Went to Didcot Railway centre to see locomotive King Edward II in steam (post to follow) but as the Red Kites circled above took time out to do a lunchtime Butterfly count along the track verges.

The bird list was not extensive (4 species) but the views of Red Kite were brilliant

Red Kite [sp] (Milvus milvus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)

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The butterfly count recorded 6 species.

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Large Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis polychloros)
Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)