Orange-tips & Blackcaps

Orange-tip - Kenworthy Wood, Northern Moor (opposite Chorlton Water Park)
Orange-tip – Kenworthy Wood, Northern Moor (opposite Chorlton Water Park)

A quick catch-up from St George’s Day and a sunny weekend. Despite a cool breeze a surprising number of butterflies on the wing. In addition to the Orange-tips, several Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstones, Peacocks and even an early Speckled Wood were seen. Incredible how the Orange-tips vanish into the undergrowth as soon as a cloud blocks out the sun. The cryptic markings on the underwing are extremely effective.

 Orange-tip (female)
Orange-tip (female)

Feeding on Garlic Mustard and Cuckoo flower the female lacks the bright orange tips of the male.

A male patrolling the woodland encounters a female.
A male patrolling the woodland encounters a female.
 Male Orange-tip
A male Orange-tip warming its wings before setting out on another patrol.
 Blackcap at Kenworthy Wood, Northern Moor.
Life could prove tricky for the Orange-tips offspring. Male Blackcap with its distinctive warble in full flow at Kenworthy Wood, Northern Moor.
 Wild Cherry in full bloom.
Wild Cherry
Blackcap singing from the edge of the woodland.
Another Blackcap establishing a territory along the edge of the woodland. Hopefully the females will arrive over the next few weeks.

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