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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Cast of many thousands

 If you want to see butterflies you could do a lot worse than visiting the Blaenserchan Valley at the moment. This evenings stroll witnessed many thousands of common blue, probably the biggest hatch in living memory! Also on offer were a few tatty dingy skipper, a green veined white, small heath, common heath moth and a sliver y. On the coleoptera front several bloody nosed beetles were noted with purpose in their stride, making hast along the disused pit road.

Birdwise, a successful first brood of stonechat showed well, cuckoo, redstart, tree pipit, garden warbler, redpoll and linnet were also in fine voice.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting about the numbers of common blue in Blaenserchan. We've had good numbers in Cwmynyscoy LNR but nothing that spectacular. I wonder if it's got something to do with the number of ant nests in the sheep grazed turf at Blaenserchan? L


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