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Old Saturday 25th March 2017, 16:55   #26
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Strong blustery wind today but sunny so in sheltered gardens within Richmond Park had 2 wandering male Brimstone, Peacock (probably a second one), Comma + Red Admiral.
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First sightings this year near derby were seen on saturday 25th of march brimstone were flying around how many I could not guess at, and a comma was briefly seen earlier and yesterday the 26th of march a quick glimpse of probabily a holly blue in back garden, today over cast conditions no sightings at all.
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Old Thursday 30th March 2017, 17:13   #28
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Saw a 'Blue' on Beech Road in Reigate while doing a transect for the Hawk Conservancy BOP survey. Not sure which one (I suppose Holly and Common are the contenders?), but my Collins guide has both flying in April/May, so not sure which. All I can say is that the upper wing was blue (!) with a black edge.....

Lots (10+) Peacocks, 1 Brimstone, 2 S Tortoiseshell, but been seeing those for a few weeks now.

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My understanding is that Holly Blue wanders and can be encountered anywhere - gardens/trees.

Common Blue much more tied down to its favoured meadow grassland habitat.


(Imagine much greater chance of an early Holly (earliest this year was Feb I believe?) than Common too, given the microclimate differences in suburban/mixed habitats?)
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Thanks Dan. Holly makes more sense from your descriptions. Habitat was suburban gardens.
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I had an Orangetip today near Canterbury which seems rather early according to my various guides. However, they're a decade or two old so how unusual is one this early in April these days?
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I had an Orangetip today near Canterbury which seems rather early according to my various guides. However, they're a decade or two old so how unusual is one this early in April these days?
First was 15th March according to above, plus saw one on twitter a few days back.

Mild winter/early spring = why not?
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First was 15th March according to above, plus saw one on twitter a few days back.

Mild winter/early spring = why not?
Thanks. Pretty much as I expected but good to have the facts.
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Saw my first Small Tortoiseshells on my local patch this morning. In the garden this afternoon have seen Peacock, Comma + new for the year for me: Small White, Large White + Holly Blue.
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I had an Orangetip today near Canterbury which seems rather early according to my various guides. However, they're a decade or two old so how unusual is one this early in April these days?
Hello John.

I saw a male Orange-tip yesterday at Oare Gunpowder Works.

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East Cheshire: Holly Blue flying around the Garden this afternoon.
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Walking down my road about 4pm in outer London saw 3 Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, male Orange Tip + a Comma in my garden. Had seen several unidentified whites from the tube.
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Afternoon.

Today i saw some Speckled Woods and a probable Green-veined White at a local Kent Wildlife Trust reserve. Also seen were Brimstone, Peacock and Comma.

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I saw my first Cabbage White here about a week ago, if I remember correctly. Since then, I have seen two Mourning Cloaks (probable), one Spring Azure, and a glimpse of a small orange one that I couldn't identify.
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The Baton Blue is a nice one, unfortunately quite scarce/rare around here (Portugal), and only found in the far north.
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