Monday, 12 August 2013

Crook Peak, Darters, Chasers and butterflies

Stunning walk up to Crook Peak along Wavering Down to Kings Wood and back to Compton Bishop along the fields.  The views from Wavering Down across the Somerset Levels are breathtaking and well worth the walk up to the Peak.  Plenty of Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches as well as Stonechats, Buzzards, Ravens a Kestrel and 1 lone Wheatear seen.  
Sunny spells brought the butterflies out in their hundreds the highlight being a ragged Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus, Grayling and a couple of Clouded Yellows that went whizzing by!  Field edges have been left uncut and it was great to see plenty of Common Blues in the grasses.  
The sweet corn in the fields is now over 6ft tall and on the field edges an amazing sight over the corn where at least 100 plus Hawkers were dancing in the skies the sun hitting their wings giving a wonderful bronze sheen.
Great views, great wildlife, and great exercise as well! 

Across the fields to Glastonbury Tor

Up towards the peak

Grayling on heather

Wall on thistle

Robins Pincushion - a colourful deformity caused by a gall wasp

Meadow Pipit

Looking back to Crook Peak

Small Tortoiseshell

Bedraggled Dark Green Fritillary

Southern Hawker

Common Darter

Common Blue - plenty to be seen

Brown Argus - great to see

Comma - plenty to be seen along the field edges

Common Darter

Brown Hawker - 100's of these near the sweet corn fields

Along the fields back to Crook Peak

Brown Argus - lovely!

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