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Old Wednesday 24th June 2009, 12:20   #101
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Have to be careful here, before the 'thought police' swoop! Go to the reserve centre (ie: the brick hide!) and ask the duty warden. You'll be standing 2 metres from the Spotted Flycatcher!
Thanks. I am hoping to get there on Saturday afternoon so I will make some subtle enquiries. I am also hoping for a sunny day and the odd late Swallowtail to be hanging about as I have seen a grand total of two this year.

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Old Thursday 25th June 2009, 14:12   #102
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Without re-reading posts, don't remember seeing Ringlet reported on here yet and as I've had a couple in Thetford over last few days I thought I'd report them now! First seen on Tuesday.

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Old Thursday 25th June 2009, 18:18   #103
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Ringlets

Yes: there were lots of Ringlets at Strumpshaw on Tuesday...
Hey! Look what was in my garden all day! A beautiful Lime Hawk Moth!)
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Ringlets out at Fakenham today
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Old Friday 26th June 2009, 12:41   #105
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Purple Hairstreak reported from Norwich Cemetary, Greyling from Holme and White Admiral from Horseford - all in the last week. That leaves Gatekeeper, Small and Essex Skippers, White-letter Hairstreak and Chalkhill Blue as the only Norfolk butterflies yet to be seen. Small skipper's been seen in Suffolk so someone must get it here soon, and I'm sure White-letter will be flying somewhere. So, can we manage a full list before the end of the month?

Edited to add: Just had emails reporting Small Skipper (Thetford) and White-letter in Chapelfield, Norwich. Only two left.

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Old Friday 26th June 2009, 13:14   #106
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I had three or four dark green fritillaries behind the dunes just south of Horsey Gap car park last Sunday afternoon. Sorry for the late posting, but just found this thread.
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Old Saturday 27th June 2009, 15:41   #107
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I've been seeing Ringlets along the lanes here this week too. Photographed this Purple Hairstreak in East Ruston today; the best views I've ever had of one. Newly emerged too I guess. I'm also a bit undecided on this east Norfolk 'Blue', can anyone give me a positive ID please?

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Old Sunday 28th June 2009, 08:47   #108
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Looks like a Silver-studded Blue to me....
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Old Sunday 28th June 2009, 08:52   #109
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Hi Frootshoot!
Was the Purple Hairstreak just hanging around on the grass by the road? Any tips as to location?
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Old Sunday 28th June 2009, 14:37   #110
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Horsey Gap

Butterfly Fest! Over 40 Dark Green Frits seen, including a group of 6!
Also Grayling, Small Heath, Ringlet, Small & Large Skipper. Nearby (lacking any info from 'Frootloop') I haunted the hedges around East Ruston.What's this dark female? Just an unmarked Ringlet?
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Skipper

I find Skippers really confusing! Looking through today's pictures: is this an Essex Skipper?
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Frootloop?! I dunno...

The Hairstreak was on the verge near the 5-bar gate just east of the 'white bridge' at East Ruston fen. I'd literally just got out of the car when it appeared. There are several Oaks here and I've read that they often stay close to the ground when newly emerged so I guess I was lucky. To me, the Skipper looks like a Small but I agree, they are confusing at times. The Ringlet is interesting too.

I'd wondered whether the 'Blue' was a Silver-studded but was hoping for some expert opinions. I do have a poor upperwing shot if that may help...

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Old Sunday 28th June 2009, 21:43   #113
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Thanks for that! I'll take a peek during the week!
The skipper interested me because it had black dots on the underside of its antennae 'knobs': the books say that's one of the field marks....
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Old Monday 29th June 2009, 00:30   #114
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The black under the antennae is *the* crucial field mark. Your photo doesn't show the underside, but if they were black and not orange then it was essex. Sadly I was coming here to post that I recieved a photo of an essex taken near kings lynn on saturday, so you were just pipped being first. On Saturday I checked Warham camp, but no Chalkhill blues to be seen. With that exception however, we now have sightings of every resident species on the Norfolk list!

Breydon South bank today produced 7 Small Skipper, a Painted lady, 5+ Small heath, single Common Blue and Red Admiral, 8 Small Torts and lots and lots of meadow browns.

Oh and yes, it's poorly marked but it's a silver-studded blue.
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Old Monday 29th June 2009, 09:43   #115
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It was butterfly heaven at Strumpshaw on Saturday with hundreds of Small Tortoiseshells (I counted over 30 from the tower hide window without really trying), several very bright Commas, 2 Red Admirals, 1 Swallowtail in the garden and numerous assorted browns on and near the meadow trail. There were also several moths like the one pictured, which I assume is a Five-spot Burnet.

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Upton Fen

No White Admirals in evidence between 12.00 and 2,30, but at least 5 Swallowtails and lots of Skippers & Ringlets!
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In Norfolk narrow-bordered 5 spot is more common so I'd be inclined to that - but impossible to tell without seeing the border on the hindwing.
In other news the first Camberwell beauty reported from a garden in Bunwell last saturday, so worth keeping an eye out.
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Two Clouded Yellows at the Norfolk & Norwich outpatients' carpark at Colney around 4.15 today!
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Two Clouded Yellows at the Norfolk & Norwich outpatients' carpark at Colney around 4.15 today!
I'd had my eye on a lovely patch of clifftop clover with Clouded Yellow in mind but the farmer obviously didn't share my views; it's been mown down...

Hickling South Wall up to the public hide was rather quiet this (mid/late) morning with Hobby, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 2-3 Ruff, c20 Avocet, c160 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Cuckoo's (inc. a flock of 3) and 1S Little Gull being the highlights. Also c4 Swallowtails on the wing as the sun tried to breakout. Other sightings elsewhere locally were a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Turtle Doves, one of which was a singing male.

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A second Camberwell seen thursday at fritton wood (near halvergate).
New brood Holly Blues and Comma reported in the last couple of days.
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Had my first taste of mothing last night after staying with a friend near New Buckenham. On checking the trap this morning, we found Elephant, Poplar and Privet Hawks, Dark Arches, Swallowtail, Buff Ermine, Pepper (I think) and loads of others I cant recall. Must have been 50 species, although I personally couldn't ID that many!
During the day, Small Tortoisehell, Red Admiral and Ringlet in the garden.
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The first white admiral was out at Swanton Novers on friday followed by a second one today. They are about a week late this year. Lots of commas out in the Wensum Valley south of Fakenham.
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I had my second ever Camberwell Beauty yesterday at Martham. It flew right past me, almost within touching distance! Now I just need to see one perched...

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I checked the Norfolk Butterflies 'site and see there are no records for TL9698. My regular dog walk takes me into this area so I'll be happy to record sightings. Seen since the weekend, 4/7/09 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlets, 2 Red Admirals and 1 G-V white. 5/7/09 1 Painted Lady and 1 Small Skipper. This evening 1 Large White. Also seen in the week begining 21/6/09 lots of Peacock caterpillars.
All of the above seen between TL961985 and 961989.
I'll be away for a couple of weeks from next weekend but will try to visit more of the area after that.
HarrassedDad could you say exactly how much info you need. Do you want numbers of each species seen and grid reference or just a record of species seen in each tetrad.

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Old Wednesday 8th July 2009, 09:57   #125
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Ideally we'd like the classic "what,where,when and how many" - ie Species, No's, date seen and number seen (estimates are fine for common species so "50-70 meadow brown" is ok).
Many thanks for the records above. I'll try and get the map updated today.

Re Camberwell's - I once worked out that the odds of seeing one in Norfolk on a random day out were about the same as getting 5 numbers on the lottery - so congratulations.
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