The Little Brown Job!

I had two excellent e-mails over the weekend, excellent because one included an attachment with the bird in my header image, which is still present on Conder Pool today. I find it amazing how time flies, when I discovered it was 6 years ago I found a Wood Sandpiper on Conder Pool 10 August 2014.

The second message was the reminder of a butterfly found 11 August 2018. The last time I had seen the author was 6 March at Glasson Dock, when between us we found an impressive 9 ringed gulls including 5 Common Gull, which is a species I never found ringed before.

Brown Hairstreak at Gait Barrows.

Given that the Brown Hairstreak has a localised distribution almost entirely in Southern England, the South Midlands, and South Wales, with the nearest colonies in East Worcestershire some 150 miles away, the obvious question is; how did it get to Gait Barrows in Lancashire. There are three possible explanations: 1) This elusive and largely arboreal butterfly could have been ever present, but was simply overlooked or mistaken for the widespread Purple Hairstreak. 2) Brown Hairstreak eggs were inadvertently brought in by local landowners when Blackthorn from nurseries outside the area was planted in the vicinity. 3) An unauthorised release of a small number of adults, or late stage caterpillars. The latter option for the reappearance of Brown Hairstreak in North Lancashire was favoured by three experts in the field.

Ref: Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch, Winnick, Dunbar, Sivell 
I'm hoping to make a break to freedom tomorrow and I think I know where I'm going.

In the garden.

Small White. Pete Woodruff.

Small White, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, a trio all on the same day, and a Meadow Brown was a first for our garden. Good to find a young Robin and Greenfinch this morning.