The sun was due to shine Sunday morning, after having rain for three days I was up dressed , coffee made and out of the door by eight.I was off to find Butterflies, there is a spot on the road side near Rombald's Moor (Ilkley moor) of Bingley Rd (West Yorkshire).Were I had seen Blue Butterflies before.You have to take your life into your hands on this stretch as there are no paths,and because it is a country road people like to go as fast as possible!!! to avoid been run over I took a little look in one of the Pine woods on the road side, it was beautifully with the sun shining through.
On the other side of the stream was male Roe Deer.
Along the the road side,
the verge is full of wild flowers and Ferns
The sun was still warming up so decided to look here when I came back, further up the road is the path that takes you on the moor
It is a vast expand of space up here.
Looking at the Heather on the way up I spotted my first moth
A Common Heath Moth covered in dew, how cool are its antennae
Also this Moth which I think is Netted Mountain Moth.
Spiders webs every were, then as the sun warmed up thing began to steam in the heat.
You can see for miles up here and when all the Heather is out the whole place turns purple.
The mosses were fruiting and added a splash of colour
Click Beetle (Ctenicera cuprea)
Over in the far wood I heard my first Cuckoo calling this year, Buzzard, Curlew, Lapwing, Gulls,Meadow Pipit and Grouse were all about.
On the way down the Game keeper stopped to talk to me, he had been out checking on the Grouse and their chicks because of all the rain, they were getting to big to shelter under mum, he said he hadn't seen many so far. We chatted for a while about what I was looking at and like all good game keepers he was quite knowledgeable about everything, even Butterflies.
(Note to self.. brush hair before leaving the house ! Nice man .. I looked like I had slept on the moor!)
After he left I stepped of the path and disturbed a Grouse, and there in the rushes was a chick.
Happy I'd seen a chick, I quikley left it alone so mum could come back,and set of back down the track.
( Later I also saw a Curlew chick as well)
Then what was that a small flash of green went past, could it be a Butterfly ?
Yes it was my very first
Who new they were so small !!!
This one was very kind to me and stayed still for photos..after that I saw loads they were every were!!
The sun had brought all the Heath Moths out.
Here are a few more insects I saw to day..
I didn't get to see any Blue Butterflies but I was very happy with what I did see.