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Re: millerd

Postby millerd » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:23 pm

Thank you both of you. I am still hopeful of a few more sightings, despite the predicted frosts. :)

Sunshine today, Sunday 5th November, after yesterday's rain. However, my only opportunity to have a look locally was at around two o'clock - and it was still only 11 degrees at best with a bit of cloud by then too. However, one Red Admiral was in the same spot as the two on Friday - but I'm fairly certain it's neither of those.
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Its abdomen looks quite shrunken and thin, so I suspect this one has little left in the way of reserves and will not sadly last a lot longer. :(

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Re: millerd

Postby bugboy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:52 pm

Still a few sunny (if rather chilly) days predicted this week Dave, I'm sure those Red Admirals of yours will be making the most of what's left of the year :)
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Re: millerd

Postby essexbuzzard » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:40 pm

Just one Red Admiral today for me too, Dave. I think we are now at the very end of the season.

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Re: millerd

Postby Wurzel » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:37 pm

Seems like the Heathrow 'bubble' worked again Dave as you're still onto butterflies and I spent another day without a sighting :mrgreen:

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Re: millerd

Postby Andrew555 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:49 am

Still some great looking RA's there Dave.
One for me on Sunday, landed outside my window and basked for a minute or two, looked in good nick.

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Re: millerd

Postby millerd » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:15 pm

Thank you everyone - nearly the end of the season, but still they keep on coming.

Monday 6th November: a sharp frost this morning - the car needed a good deal of scraping first thing, and declared it to be just 1 degree above zero. Easily low enough for temperatures on the ground to be below zero but as far as I could tell going out at lunchtime, none of the young nettle plants seemed to have been frosted. In fact, the first butterfly I saw was a Red Admiral fluttering over them appearing to be egg-laying just as I'd seen last week.
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Sure enough, I found a shiny green dot on one of the plants.
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Over the course of a longer walk today, I found another seven Red Admirals.
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Amazingly, one or two seemed fairly fresh, though time has taken its toll on most.
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I also came a cross a single Comma, still sucking the last drops of nectar from the ivy, and also moisture from the leaves (or perhaps nectar washed onto them by the recent rain).
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No one can declare the season over yet... :)

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Re: millerd

Postby Andrew555 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:24 pm

Indeed not Dave! Great spot you have there :)

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Re: millerd

Postby essexbuzzard » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:10 pm

Red Admiral yes, they are normally still around in early November. But I'm surprised you saw a Comma. :mrgreen:

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Re: millerd

Postby Wurzel » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:16 pm

That Comma is a real late showing Dave :D As for the egg laying Red Admiral I wonder how viable the egg will be, will it get through the winter? Looking good for a few butterflies on your way to the Social Dave :wink:

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Re: millerd

Postby David M » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:14 pm

Well done again, Dave, though I'm almost disappointed that there's no Holly Blue in the shake up! :)

The Comma is particularly noteworthy. They're usually tucked away by late October so to see one a week into November is most welcome.

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Re: millerd

Postby millerd » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Thanks, all - I was pleased to see the Comma, but not entirely surprised as several have been flying here during the tail end of October and the start of this month. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Holly Blues are over for the year though... :)

I've just been up to Holmfirth for a few days - despite a lovely day yesterday with lots of sunshine and temperatures just into double figures, there were no butterflies. A great view from where I was staying, though, over to Holme Moss.
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Even a sheltered walled garden at Cannon Hall Park (on the way to Barnsley), which still had flowers and a fair amount of flowering ivy, had lost its Red Admiral contingent. :( It did have an extraordinary bolted chard plant or two in the kitchen garden - you would wonder who would eat who first... :shock:
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More nice views though.
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Re: millerd

Postby David M » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:17 am

Nice images of what is a beautiful part of the country, Dave. I suppose if you didn't manage to see a butterfly then the season must be on its last legs! :)

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Re: millerd

Postby Andrew555 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:48 pm

Lovely scenes Dave. Triffid.. :D

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Re: millerd

Postby millerd » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:11 pm

Thanks, both. I was slightly disappointed that even the Red Admirals had gone, as it looked like the perfect kind of day for them.

Friday 10th November: After rain early on, there were some sunny breaks around lunchtime back home here in the soft south (as described by my Yorkshire friend...). Ten minutes on my local patch was enough to see a single Red Admiral.
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Re: millerd

Postby trevor » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:53 pm

It's a case of ever diminishing returns now Dave, but even then not bad
as we are now a third of the way through November.
I think we have both had a good run for our money !.

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Re: millerd

Postby Wurzel » Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:41 pm

That Chard does look spectacular, if a little scary Dave :shock: :D The Red Admirals are still clinging on though not for much longer now...unless we get the odd nice day of course :)

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Re: millerd

Postby millerd » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:32 pm

Thanks, both. Amazingly, the season is still not over...

Thursday 16th November: a warm start and increasingly sunny up to lunchtime, though cloudier later. I walked down to my local cafe and on the way back spotted two Red Admirals flying around quite high up. I continued onto my usual walk around the lake and back to the sheltered part nearer home. Here I found two more Red Admirals, one of which posed nicely and didn't even appear to be that worn.
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I noticed the dandelions had responded to the sunshine and more were now open, and then spotted something silvery... Could it be? It was! :D Another lovely new female Holly Blue, the latest I've ever seen the species. The photos speak for themselves.
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Re: millerd

Postby Andrew555 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:59 pm

:shock: Ok Dave, exactly what sorcery are you performing there ?
'Holly Blue.. I summon thee!!'
Amazing :mrgreen:

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Re: millerd

Postby bugboy » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:21 pm

Andrew555 wrote::shock: Ok Dave, exactly what sorcery are you performing there ?
'Holly Blue.. I summon thee!!'
Amazing :mrgreen:

Dave's witchcraft over Holly Blues is legendary in these parts but even so this is quite out there even by his standards! :shock:

Your next mission should you choose to accept it is to photograph one on some frost encrusted Holly berries on Christmas Day Dave :D
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Re: millerd

Postby Goldie M » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:38 am

WOW! Dave, I thought I'd missed Winter and it was Spring :lol: great Holly Blue shots :mrgreen: Goldie :D


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