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Butterfly Sightings 2014 - BC Upper Thames Branch
This page is for recent
butterfly sightings in the BC Upper Thames Branch area, to show what's
BUTTERFLY SPECIES RECORDED
TO DATE – as at 07/03/14
The last Brown Hairstreak Egg Hunt of the season scheduled for Sunday 16th March
~ Friday 7th March 2014 ~
Judith Barnard spotted two male Brimstones today, 7th March, in Kingston, Milton Keynes.
Dave Wilton visited Marston Meadows, Oxford today, 7th March: "I was inspecting water levels in advance of the planned Brown Hairstreak egg search at Marston Meadows on Sunday 16th March (which has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the conditions) and while I was there I saw a Brimstone and a Comma active in the sunshine."
David Gantzel reports seeing male Brimstones at Hazlemere and Hughenden (Bucks) today, Friday March 7th.
Neil Manthorpe sent this report on 7th March: "The warm, dry weather must mean that Spring has arrived and with it the first butterflies on my home patch (the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe, Bucks) - two Brimstones, one male and one female, and one Peacock - while walking the dog at lunchtime."
Mick & Wendy Campbell saw two Brimstones (1 male & 1 female) in their garden in Chearsley, Bucks today.
~ Wednesday 5th March 2014 ~
David Hastings reports seeing a Brimstone and four Small Tortoiseshells in the University Parks, Oxford, Oxon at lunchtime on 5th March. "The Small Tortoiseshells were feeding on Mahonia flowers."
Derek Wilkins reported the following on 4th March: "First butterflies of the year seen on Wednesday 26th February - 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral (around midday) & 2 Peacocks (about 2pm) in mainly sunny but breezy conditions (9-10C.) on the north side of the Thames near Windsor, Berks (the floods having retreated from most of the footpaths & lanes at last!). All flying swiftly in the breezy conditions but the Red Admiral paused several times to bask on dry leaves and looked in perfect condition!"
Chris Lamsdell saw a Red Admiral on 2nd March at Iver Heath, Bucks.
~ Sunday 2nd March 2014 ~
Wendy Wilson visited Langley Park in Bucks yesterday morning,
1st March: "A Small Tortoiseshell flew round me at great speed before settling to bask on
dead leaves, so I was able to get a picture (below). Something appears to be attached to its thorax but I can't
figure out what. I also found 12 Purple Hairstreak eggs on oak trees in different parts of the park, including
two groups of three eggs. This is quite unusual as they are usually laid singly. Several dog-walkers stopped to peer
through my lens at them with great interest."
~ Wednesday 26th February 2014 ~
Dave Ferguson reports that a walk in fields at the edge of Beaconsfield, Bucks on Monday morning (24th February) produced a Comma.
~ Sunday 23rd February 2014 ~
David Fuller sent this report today: "My first butterfly of the year was a Red Admiral on Friday, 21st February, in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks."
~ Saturday 22nd February 2014 ~
Nigel Partridge reported the following: "We had a Red Admiral in our garden today (22-02-14, Loosley Row, Bucks). It was resting on the snowdrops in the sun."
Mike Manners sent this report today: "First Brimstone and first Comma seen today in my garden in Woodley, Reading (Berks). The Brimstone was basking amongst the yellow leaves of a variegated ivy and very difficult to spot. The Comma was basking on a sunny fence. Unfortunately I was too late to picture the Brimstone but I did manage to get a shot of the Comma."
Adam Bassett sent the following update today: "And now my third of the year with a Small Tortoiseshell disturbed from vegetation next to a tennis court in High Wycombe, Bucks this morning, 22nd February."
~ Friday 21st February 2014 ~
Adam Bassett says his first 2 butterflies of the year were both from his garden in Marlow Bottom, Bucks – a Peacock on the 15th February and a Brimstone on the 20th.
~ Monday 17th February 2014 ~
Mark Griffiths reported this sighting on 16th February: "We had a lovely male Brimstone flying around an ivy covered wall just opposite our house in Garsington, Oxford."
Wendy Wilson sent the following news: "On Sunday 16th February, Mark Duckworth and I spent the morning preparing the ground for the new information board at UTB's Holtspur Bottom Reserve. Afterwards we walked round the reserve and were delighted to see a Peacock - the second species seen there this year (see Brenda's Brimstone report below). Mark spotted it first as it flew in front of us from Lower Meadow and headed straight for one of the scallops in the wooded bit along the public footpath. These scallops were cut by UTB volunteers at a work-party organised by Nick Bowles last year. The shelter they provide is much appreciated by our butterflies as we see more in the scallops than along the rest of the hedge. Our last winter work-party is on Sunday March 2nd (see Events page). On my way home I found 2 Purple Hairstreak eggs on the magnificent oak tree in Iver Heath, Bucks churchyard."
Dave Wilton sent this sighting: "A Small Tortoiseshell was active in our Westcott, Bucks garden for a couple of hours today (Sunday 16th February), alternating between feeding on crocus flowers and sunning itself on the nearby fence, even though the temperature was only about 7C. It is good to see that something has managed to survive the recent stormy weather."
Dave Ferguson sent this news: "A Red Admiral was flying in Cliveden gardens (Bucks) this morning (16th February) near the house. My first butterfly of the year."
Barry Stickland reported the following: "Just to let you know that we have had a female Brimstone in our garden at Finchampstead, Berks on 15th February, 1.20 pm. A bit windy but very sunny and seemed quite active."
~ Friday 14th February 2014 ~
Tony Rayner reported the following on 12th February: "At mid-day on February 10th a Small Tortoiseshell was found in our Cholsey (Oxon) garden feeding on crocus that opened in a rare spell of sunshine. Sadly this is the only lepidoptera seen this year, if one discounts a few Peacocks found in the house and outbuildings."
~ Monday 3rd February 2014 ~
At our Holtspur Reserve Work Party on Sunday, 2nd February, a male Brimstone was seen enjoying the sunshine. Click here to read the full report.
Sarah Lunt sent the following report:
"I thought you might like to know that we found a Red Admiral in our garden today,
Sunday 2nd February, sitting in the
lower branches of a conifer. We live in Goring on Thames, South Oxfordshire.
I was surprised to see it as it has been so cold and windy today and it wasn't sitting in the sun. I gave
it some honey to drink in the hope that it might give it enough energy to find some shelter again."
~ Thursday 23rd January 2014 ~
Julian Korn sent this report on 23rd January: "I went for a walk (it was more like cross-country skiing so slippery was it) in the Hambleden Valley on Monday 13th January. It was a warm sunny day. At about 12.45 I disturbed a Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself on a path in Great Wood, Bucks."
~ Saturday 18th January 2014 ~
Karen Clausen, Loosley Row, Bucks reported the following on 16th January: "After opening my windows yesterday (15th January), when I returned later to close them I found a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly sitting on the windowsill. I didn't see it fly in so it may be possible it was already indoors and I hadn't spotted it. But I did see it fly out."
~ Wednesday 15th January 2014 ~
Martin Kincaid sent the following news on 15th January: “Whilst running a volunteer work party last Saturday (11th January) at Elfield Nature Park, Milton Keynes, I was pleasantly surprised to see my first butterfly of the year – a perfect male Brimstone. I was concerned that we may have disturbed its hibernation but as we were just removing dead gorse and thick bramble from a sunny bank, I think that is unlikely. It seemed very active – too fast for our camera phones! – and flew around for a good ten minutes or more before disappearing into woodland. There is plenty of ivy in the wood so hopefully it eventually settled down for a well earned rest.”
~ Saturday 11th January 2014 ~
Philip & Frances Skinner reported the following sighting today: "We had a Small Tortoiseshell, sunning itself on the Icknield Way in East Hendred, Oxon SU460878, at 14:00 on Saturday 11th January."
~ Thursday 9th January 2014 ~
The following report from Janice Robertson came via Jim Asher today: "I photographed my first butterfly of the year, a Peacock, on 2nd January near Ravenstone Mill, Bucks SP854487."
~ Thursday 2nd January 2014 ~
Chris Lamsdell reported the first butterfly of the year today, 2nd January: "Actually Denise was the observer, but a Peacock seen at Iver Heath, Bucks today."
[Sightings for 2013 have been archived.]
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