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by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94069

Re: Neil Freeman

Thanks Mark, unfortunately there continued to be a band of cloud across the midlands for a lot of October and November too and we didn't enjoy the amount of sun that the south east appeared to have. Thanks David, probably just over two months for me here, depending on how the rest of the winter turn...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 85
Views: 1654

Re: Andrew555

Some beautiful photos in your recent reports Andrew :D Great butterflies but like others have commented that Kestrel shot really stands out. I also particularly like the fresh Green Carpet Moth, they soon fade to a more dull shade. I saw loads of these last year at a couple of moth nights at a local...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3203
Views: 151973

Re: Wurzel

More great reports and photos Wurzel, helps to remind me what better days look like during these cold and dark recent times :D . ... There seems to have been a noticable shift towards Common Blues being more blue than brown over recent years - it would be interesting to find out if it is an actual s...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1939
Views: 40870

Re: Goldie M

Goldie M wrote:...This morning I spotted another Tit, whether it's Willow, Marsh or Coal I'm not sure...


Hi Goldie,

If that's the one in the last two shots, it is a Coal Tit.

Cheers,

Neil.
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

We went up to Arnside for a few days at the end of July and, as Goldie says in her post, the weather was mostly cloudy and wet. There was also a cool breeze blowing quite strongly up on the Knott most of the time but nevertheless a good number of Scotch Argus could be found in the more sheltered spo...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 169

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

Like most people on here I saw lots of Red Admirals in 2017 but my first ones were not until late May when we went down to The Lizard in Cornwall for a few days. After that there were increasing numbers through the year with a particular upsurge in numbers from mid August through September and Octob...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 176

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

Loads of Ringlets around again in 2017. One from my garden... Coverdale 24.06.2017 016 resize.JPG One from the Heddon Valley when the damp meadows alongside the river were alive with them... Heddon Valley 26.06.2017. 2006 resize.JPG and one from the park by my moms house... Langley Hall 30.06.2017 2...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94069

Re: Neil Freeman

Thanks Goldie, I always think of Adonis Blues as a late August/early September butterfly, probably because that is when I usually see them in Dorset :D. I am told that they usually fly there well into September and sometimes into October, I believe they emerge a bit earlier in the south east. Thanks...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3203
Views: 151973

Re: Wurzel

... I do have to remind myself at times that this wasn't always a coastal species... Wurzel Indeed, I remember back in the 1970s when I was but a nipper, they could be found all over the place around my mom & dads house here in the midlands...sadly no longer. The other side of that coin is that...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94069

Re: Neil Freeman

Thanks Bugboy, in my case I notice the Blackcaps more in the winter than the summer...probably because I tend to take less notice of the birds when the butterflies are about. Cheers Wurzel, we had a great break thanks, been a bit depressing this week going back to work...Roll on Spring. Looking back...
by Neil Freeman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Topic: Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

A trip over to the Wyre Forest at the beginning of May produced my Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. I was a bit early and there were not that many flying, I saw reports of many more being seen a week or so later but at least it meant that the ones I saw were nice and fresh. A fairly cool and cloudy day ...
by Neil Freeman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94069

Re: Neil Freeman

Thanks Trevor :D ...although I have seen better High Brown photos posted by others in previous years. Cheers Wurzel, I am with you on needing to get on a boat to see Glanvilles in their proper place. Thanks David, I am also yearning for spring although with the wind howling and the rain lashing down...
by Neil Freeman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1558
Views: 37529

Re: Bugboys mission

I've kept myself busy on these cold dark evenings when not enjoying the merriment of the season, updating my mission in pictorial form :) ... just that one pesky gap to fill on the bottom row! That is a great way to show the progress of your mission bugboy...great stuff :D All the best with filling...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94069

Re: Neil Freeman

Cheers Wurzel...not quite all the British Fritillaries, I didn't see Glanvilles. Still, like you say, I had a good year although it was challenging at times.

A Happy New Year to everyone on UKB and lets hope that the coming butterfly season is a good one.

Cheers,

Neil.
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Peacock
Topic: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

Hmm!, although supposedly common and widespread they had another poor year around the midlands, so much so that Peacock was awarded West Mids BC wooden spoon award for the poorest performing species for the third year running. They were a bit late appearing around my own local sites in the spring an...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Painted Lady
Topic: Painted Lady – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 148

Re: Painted Lady – Favourite Photo of 2017

Without exception all of my Painted Ladies this year were seen in Cornwall, either when we were down on The Lizard for a few days at the end of May and the beginning of June, or later in August when we returned to The Lizard for a family holiday. One from the first trip when we saw plenty seemingly ...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Orange-tip
Topic: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 224

Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Can you have too many Orange-tip photos?...a question that I saw asked a couple of times back in the spring. Absolutely not. So here is a selection from the many that I took this year during a few weeks in April when there seemed to be loads around my patch :D Castle Hills 04.2017 025 resize.JPG Cas...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Meadow Brown
Topic: Meadow Brown – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 135

Re: Meadow Brown – Favourite Photo of 2017

Nearly missed this one with all the festive goings on recently :wink: In truth, I didn't take that many decent Meadow Brown photos this year. Although they were around in good numbers at all the usual places locally, numbers seemed to be down again this year from the hordes that were about a few yea...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2249
Views: 94069

Re: Neil Freeman

Thanks Trevor, Wurzel, David and Andrew. Putting these 'looking back' reports together always helps to pass the dark nights at this time of year...especially on those evenings that Jane is glued to soaps on the tele all night :roll: Looking back at 2017 part 2 – Summer. At the end of May we went dow...
by Neil Freeman
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1939
Views: 40870

Re: Goldie M

Merry Christmas to you too Goldie, here's looking forward to a fruitful season next year :D

Cheers,

Neil.

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