Saturday, October 15, 2011

Take it as Red....

Autumn sunshine at Howick Hall.
Masses of Red Admirals on ivy flowers high up in the sun. Click for a larger image.
The only time the thing sat still long enough to get a photo...
Speckled Wood.
A walk around the Hall grounds this afternoon was very pleasant. Lots of butterflies on the wing - 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 50+ Red Admirals, including 40+ on one ivy bush all together made a spectacular sight and a lone Painted Lady flew through our garden.

A Red Squirrel rang rings around us, literally, very close to begin with but high and distant before he sat for a photo.

On the way home a Raven cronked high over the Hall and flew east towards the coast, the surrounding Jackdaws were not happy with its appearance.

Later this afternoon news of a Great Grey Shrike 2 miles along the coast at Dunstan almsot had me jumping into the car, but it will wait until the morning...maybe?

3 comments:

Dean said...

Crikey, Stewart. Never seen that many Red Admirals in one place, before.

Warren Baker said...

Blimey what a sight those Admirals are - have had dozens pass by me over the past few days all flying south.

Stewart said...

Me neither Dean. Ivy is a good place for them now as other flowers are tricky to find so this 'motorway cafe' for migrant butterflies must do the trick... Warren, they seem to go in all directions here at the minute....