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
Looking back to Crook Peak
Bedraggled Dark Green Fritillary
Common Blue - plenty to be seen
Brown Argus - great to see
Comma - plenty to be seen along the field edges
Brown Hawker - 100's of these near the sweet corn fields