Well mid January and its the same old story of another day, another downpour. Hard to recall a more gloomy and damp winter. If the weather had been half decent I’d have headed over to Derbyshire to see the over-wintering Parrot Crossbills but a long walk in wet snow doesn’t hold much appeal.
Still on the brighter side it’s good to recall a day walking along the Jurassic Coast in mid September.
Not a bad start to the day with a pair of Ravens soaring across the woodlands and heading out across Durlston Bay.
Magnificent birds and great to see them slowly making a comeback to lowland England.
As the sun rose the sheltered paths above the cliffs revealed a surprising number of Butterflies nectaring on the Ivy and late Summer flowers.
Heading around the Lighthouse and uphill along Round Down our walk looped back through the chalk meadows. Despite the cool breeze great to see several of the rare Adonis Blue’s. Also a few of the closely related Small Coppers.
Unfortunately our view of a Clouded Yellow was far too brief and with the Small Tortoiseshells refusing to allow it to settle on this occasion no photograph. Hmmm… I guess one day we’ll have to go back.