• Barbara Copperthwaite

Wild walks

Just a quickie before I head off to Essex for the week!

I went on a wildlife walk with local nature expert Paul Anthony around Highbury Park. He stages them regularly through the Friends of Highbury Park (check out their website for more info). It was fascinating. We saw Small and Large Skippers, Small Tortoiseshells, Speckled Woods, Large White, Ringlets, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown... And I learned that there are Elephant Hawk Moths in the park, so that's now the new challenge I've given myself: to spot and hopefully photograph one of these glorious day-flying moths.

Yesterday I also saw a Red Admiral. These impressive-looking migrant butterflies travel hundreds of miles to visit this country. They take my breath away.

Also a tiny Wren flew right in front of me, and landed boldly. When I heard tweeting from near by, I wondered if perhaps it has a third brood nesting close at hand, so quickly left so as not to disturb it.

On that note, I shall leave you. I'll tell you all about my wildlife spots in Essex (and I'm not talking TOWIE) on my return!

#gatekeeper #parakeets #peacockbutterfly #ringneckedparakeet #skipper #smalltortoiseshell #speckledbrown

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