The weather for our walk on Friday morning around the Bradenham estate was perfect, warm and just a gentle breeze. Highlights included singing Whitethroats, Yellowhammers, Blackcaps, Marsh Tits and Greenfinches, an aerial food pass by a pair of Red Kites plus the obligatory Bradenham Buzzard! We watched 10 or more Hares in the fields below the woods and enjoyed brief glimpses of the resident Roe deer.
Butterflies were abundant with Small Heath, Dingy and Grizzled Skippers and Common Blues in good numbers plus Brimstone, Small and Large White, Orange Tip, Green veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Speckled Wood. The stars however were a group of fresh Brown Argus and a strong colony of scarce Small Blue on a grassy bank that was mixed woodland just three years ago!
To complete a wonderful morning we stumbled on some very robust White Helleborines that are beginning to flower and found an Early Purple orchid on Small Dean bank.